Last year the Colts had a nice draft adding Andrew Luck, TY Hilton and other skill players. This year was different. Did the Texans finally find Andre Johnson’s counter part? Can Chris Johnson get back to his glory days with offensive line help?
For years Andre Johnson has been the go to receiver for the Texans. Due to his great skill and the fact there wasn’t much else besides tight ends to throw to.
But this year in round one Houston grabbed DeAndre Hopkins from Clemson. He’s a short yardage type who runs routes well and has a history of turning a little into a lot. He’s not overly fast and he’s averaged sized. But a player to look out for this year in mid to later rounds.
After round one the fantasy players stop. The rest of the draft was mostly spent on offensive line and defense. One pick that stood out to me in round three was Sam Montgomery from LSU. He’s got good size and is a versatile player who can play with his hand down or stand up as an outside linebacker. When ever I watched for Barkevious Mingo, it was Montgomery that stood out to me.
Alan Bonner was taken in round six. A project receiver from Jacksonville State who most likely wont see the field much. They also took Ryan Griffin from UCONN. Griffin is a tall tight end who could develop over time as a pass catcher. Don’t look for him the season.
It was the opposite type draft than last season for Indy. A year ago the Colts drafted a bevy of skilled players to surround first choice Andrew Luck. This year in round one they grabbed a personal favorite of mine Bjoern Werner. An athletic pass rusher who can also drop into coverage when asked.
In the third and fourth round the addressed the offensive line by grabbing guard Hugh Thornton from Illinois and Center from USC Khaled Holmes. Both will make a push to play this season.
In round five and six the Colts went back to the defensive side by selecting monstrous nose tackle Montori Hughes from Tennessee Martin and free safety John Boyett from Oregon. Hughes will get his chance to help in the middle while Boyett can learn and develop.
In round seven the Colts grabbed a runningback and a tight end. Kerwynn Williams took over the running duties at Utah State after Robert Turbin was taken a year ago by the Seahawks. Williams played well and is someone to keep in the back of your mind as the season goes on. Justice Cunningham will most likely have no fantasy value. He’s a good blocker and is behind others on the depth chart if he makes the team.
The Jaguars had the second pick overall this year. The decided to draft Luke Joeckel, an offensive tackle from Texas A&M. A good pick who should be the anchor for years to come.
In round two and three they selected two players on the defensive side of the ball. Jonathan Cyprien from Florida International is a hard hitting safety who could struggle early but become a very good player for years to come. Cornerback Dwayne Gratz from UCONN was the other choice. He should help add some depth to the defensive backfield and could see a lot of action this season.
The fourth and fifth round grabbed two interesting projects. Ace Sanders is a small slot receiver from South Carolina and Denard Robinson who mostly played quarterback at Michigan. The plan is for Robinson to play runningback. He’s worth keeping an eye on although i wouldn’t draft him. unless you are in a deep league with a big roster. Ace Sanders is a guy to watch in the preseason. I don’t have much hope for him, Justin Blackmon is suspended for the first four games and could give him early season value. Also time to develop a little chemistry.
Josh Evans, Jeremy Harris and Demetrius McCray round out the rest of the draft. All defensive backs who will try to make the team.
The Titans made big Chance Warmack their first choice overall. The offensive guard should help Chris Johnson get back to the productive back he used to be. I wouldn’t take him round one. Justin Hunter, a tall athletic receiver from Tennessee was added in round two. He is raw and could make some big splash plays this year. Give him late round looks only. Hunter is in a crowded group of receivers and the quarterback situation is still iffy.
The rest of the Titans draft was defense and one offensive lineman, Brian Schwenke from California in round four who could play this season.