2011 NFL Draft Grades: Grading the Indianapolis Colts and the AFC South
NFL Draft Grades For The Entire AFC South
The AFC South draft grades will likely be very mixed among the experts, as Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker both ended up in the same division. Heading into the NFL Draft no one would have thought that both these players would have ended up in the same division.
Enough of the QBs, here are the draft grades for the AFC South:
Houston Texans: A
The Houston Texans were one of the teams who addressed all of their needs, while also not reaching for players.
They acquired the best five-technique player to help in their conversion to a 3-4 scheme, while also adding a premier pass rusher to play OLB in Brooks Reed.
The Texans pass defense was horrid last year, thus they went out and selected three secondary players from Round Two to Round Five.
The selection of T.J. Yates is also notable, as he could eventually develop into a solid backup QB.
Indianapolis Colts: B+
The Indianapolis Colts needed to focus on building up the trenches in this year's draft, and they executed that plan to perfection.
They selected the most NFL-ready OT Anthony Castonzo in the first round of the draft, and added project OT and possibly OG Ben Ijalana in the second round.
They then brought in run-stuffing DT Drake Nevis in the third round. The Colts run defense has struggled for years and Nevis should help to change the trend.
Adding RB Delone Carter was another solid move, as he should be the premier goal line option for the Colts next seaosn.
Jacksonville Jaguars: C
The Jacksonville Jaguars should not be awarded with style points for selecting QB Blaine Gabbert in the first round. Gabbert will eventually take over as the franchise QB, but for a team that was on the fringe of the playoffs, they needed to address their other needs later in the draft, which they failed to do.
The Jaguars inability to address their pass rush was one of the biggest failures of this draft. The Jaguars could not get any pressure whatsoever on the QB last year, and if not for the addition of William Rackley in the second round their draft grade could have been even worse.
Tennessee Titans: B
Selecting Jake Locker with the No. 8 pick will be considered one of the biggest reaches of the draft. Locker has first round talent, but had fourth round production last season at Washington.
If Locker pans out this draft will eventually be ranked much higher than a B as the Titans did a solid job with their next three picks.
Akeem Ayers is one of the most natural OLBs in this draft and was once projected to be a first round selection. Jurrell Casey represented excellent value for the Titans as well, as they selected him in the third round of the draft.
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