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2020 NFL Draft Grades: AFC South

The Texans had a rough few nights during the NFL Draft, but the rest of the AFC South came out unscathed and ready to rumble

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2020 NFL Draft Grades: AFC South


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We’re still buzzing after NFL Draft and this is the week where every sports site and news paper asks the same question:

How would you grade your team’s draft class?

In some ways it is a pointless effort as it is so subjective that you can’t really take it seriously. (But its fun!) We should be able to enjoy and sit back knowing in 2-3 years this same class will be judged differently.

Every team has high hopes right now (aside from the Texans). So, let’s get into our grades for the NFC East! For a full list of every team’s draft grades, check them out here!


AFC SOUTH


HOUSTON TEXANS

SELECTIONS: (40). Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU/ (90). Jonathan Greenard, LB, Florida/ (126). Charlie Heck, T, North Carolina/ (141). John Reid, CB, Penn State/ (171). Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island

Best Pick: Ross Blacklock, Defensive Tackle, TCU: The best pure pass rushing DT in this draft. He will allow Brandon Dunn to move to his natural Nose Tackle position. Blackcock will provide much needed help if JJ Watt gets injured again.

Worst pick: Trading away DeAndre Hopkins and replacing him with Brandin Cooks who has had 5 concussions at age 26.

Sleeper pick: Jonathan Greenard, LB, Florida. Greenard is a versatile defender who should provide excellent rotational help.

Grade: D-

BEST MOMENT OF THE DRAFT:

Texans coach Bill O’Brien shown freaking out when the Lions backed out of a trade in the last minute. Lions GM Bob Quinn responded saying, “we didn’t have a trade.


TENNESSEE TITANS

SELECTIONS: (29). Isaiah Wilson, T, Georgia/ (61). Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU./ (93). Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State/ (174). Larrell Murchison, DT, N.C. State/ (224). Cole McDonald, QB, Hawaii/ (243). Chris Jackson, S, Marshall

Best pick: Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU: Fulton was seen as a first round CB for most of the draft process but some teams had concerns over a year long suspension due to tampering on a drug test in 2018 and some injuries. Pro Football Focus had high grades on him:

Worst pick: Cole McDonald, QB, Hawaii. This isn’t a knock in any way on McDonald whom I feel is a really good developmental prospect. The issue was that they could have picked up a back up to Ryan Tannehill in case last season was a fluke. (Jake Fromm at 174 anyone?)

Sleeper pick: Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State. Evans is a perfect replacement for the departed Dion Lewis. Evans is a home run hitter and will perfectly compliment Derrick Henry.

Grade: B+


INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

SELECTIONS: (34). Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC/ (41). Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin/ (85). Julian Blackmon, S, Utah/ (122). Jacob Eason, QB, Washington/ (149). Danny Pinter, G, Ball State/ (193). Robert Windsor, DT, Penn State/ (211). Isaiah Rodgers, CB, Massachusetts/ (212)./Dezmon Patmon, WR, Washington State/ (213). Jordan Glasgow, LB, Michigan

Best Pick: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington. I originally mocked Eason to the Colts at the end of round 1. Eason has a huge arm but should have went back to school. He lands in the perfect situation: sitting behind and learning from Phillip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett this season. I’m thinking Frank Reich saw some Carson Wentz in him.

Worst Pick: I originally questioned the Jonathan Taylor pick but then found out that Marlon Mack is going to be a free agent after the season,. Taylor should be a bell cow with his 4.39 speed.

Sleeper Pick: Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC: I know a sleeper shouldn’t be a first round pick but most don’t know about Pittman. Pittman is a dynamic route running possession receiver who TORCHED Utah (one of the best defenses in the nation) for 10 catches and 232 yards this past season.

Grade: C+


JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

SELECTIONS: (9). CJ Henderson, CB, Florida/ (20). K’Lavon Chaisson, LB, LSU/ (42). Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado/ (73). Davon Hamilton, DT, Ohio State/ (116). Ben Bartch, T, St. John’s (MN)/ (137). Josiah Scott, CB, Michigan State/ (140). Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami (FL)/ (157). Daniel Thomas, S, Auburn/ (165).Collin Johnson, WR, Texas/ (189). Jake Luton, QB, Oregon State/ (206). Tyler Davis, TE, Georgia Tech/ (223). Chris Claybrooks, CB, Memphis

Best pick: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida. A legit #1 cornerback with 4.4 speed. Henderson will provide a cheap replacement for Jalen Ramsey with no drama.

Worst pick: K’Lavon Chaisson, LB, LSU: Chaisson will be in a weird position behind Yannick Ngakoue. Chaisson reeks bust to me. He is a developmental prospects, very raw with minimal college production. He will also probably undergo a new coaching change this off-season.

Sleeper Pick: Lavisha Sheanult, WR, Colorado: This is more like a BOOM or BUST pick here. Sheanult’s college career was plagued by injuries. When healthy he was a clear cut first rounder in the mold of a better Sammy Watkins. He even scored a touchdown on his first ever college play!

Grade: C+


Thank you so much for reading this! Leave a comment below if you agree or have a better grade for your team!

Tim is a grateful believer, husband to Kristin, Father to Isabelle living in Los Angeles as both an actor and Auto Claim representative He was born and grew up eight blocks from Wrigley Field and is a die hard Chicago fan (Especially Bears). He is incredibly grateful to The Turf for giving him a chance to pursue a passion of his.

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