AFC South 2016 NFL Draft Grades

Jacksonville Jaguars
1 (5) Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
2 (36) Myles Jack, ILB, UCLA
3 (69) Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland
4 (103) Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
6 (181) Tyrone Holmes, DE, Montana
6 (201) Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas
7 (226) Jonathan Woodard, DE, Central Arkansas

The Jaguars offensive last year was slightly inconsistent, but when they really fired on all cylinders when they were on. This year, they are going to get a huge upgrade to their defense. As the fifth pick, Jalen Ramsey is an instant starter, and will quickly become a shutdown corner. Myles Jack is another pick that deserves a top ten, however slipped due to injury concerns. Football players with these types of injuries can come back to get to full form, and I don’t expect this guy to give up, so I’m a little surprised he fell.

If you remember last year, the Jags drafted Dante Fowler who was another top 10 pick. The Jaguars get three huge parts of their defense to start the 2016 year. That’s pretty good.
Grade: A+

Indianapolis Colts
1 (18) Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
2 (57) T.J. Green, S, Clemson
3 (82) Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
4 (116) Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
4 (125) Antonio Morrison, OLB, Florida
5 (155) Joe Haeg, North Dakota State
7 (239) Trevor Bates, OLB, Maine
7 (248) Austin Blythe, C, Iowa

The Colts organization is notorious for picking the ‘best player available’ when it comes to draft time, however it seems like in 2016 they addressed the need factor more than the best player available. A huge need for the Colts is making that offensive line better (and more competitive). Ryan Kelly from Alabama is a huge upgrade from (recently released) Khaled Holmes, and can expect to be the instant starter.

The secondary needs are Linebacker and Defensive Line, which they did add bodies to as well, but no real instant starters. Ridgeway will back up Jones, while Bates and Morrison will make Walden and Irving play harder to keep their spot.
Grade: B+

Tennessee Titans
1 (8) Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
2 (33) Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
2 (43) Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
2 (45) Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
3 (64) Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee State
5 (140) Tajae Sharpe, WR, Massachusetts
5 (157) LeShaun Sims, Southern Utah
6 (193) Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas
7 (222) Aaron Wallace, OLB, UCLA
7 (253) Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Mississippi

The Titans traded back to acquire five picks in the first three round of the draft. That’s generally a smart move because you have more positions you can strengthen as opposed to getting an instant superstar at one position. The Titans do need to fill a lot of positions; however, the picks just don’t make a lot of sense. Conklin is their best pick (instant starter for that offensive line) and Dodd will play into their defensive line, however Henry as their second back might make DeMarco Murray a tad upset. Those pesky “ex”-Philadelphia players (ahem, Sam Bradford). I have to give the Titans a grade a tad lower than the Jags and Colts.
Grade: B-

Houston Texans
1 (21) Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
2 (50) Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
3 (85) Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
4 (119) Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State
5 (159) KJ Dillon, S, West Virginia
5 (166) D.J. Reader, DT, Clemson

The Texans did fill a big need with drafting Fuller as their second wideout, and Martin as their starting center, however they don’t have much help elsewhere. Since they made the playoffs, they probably thought they didn’t need much help, but I was looking for a little bit more from the Texans.
Grade: C+

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