Mel Kiper put down his comb and hairdryer long enough to give up his pre-combine, version 2.0 mock draft.
I bring to you his picks for the AFC South with my thoughts.
No. 8: Tennessee Titans
Marcell Dareus, DE, Alabama
Kiper: "Dareus is the rare player you can draft with almost no concern for systems. A player who can be a dominant pass-rusher from the 3-4 defensive end position, he also profiles to star in his more natural 4-3 defensive tackle position. I have defensive tackle as one of the top needs for Tennessee, which also could surprise some folks and take a quarterback here to develop if they bring back Kerry Collins. But for immediate help, Dareus is a safe pick."
PK says: Dareus is the kind of guy who can have an effect on everyone on the Titans’ defense. If they see him as a defensive tackle, he can be the player who improves their size in the middle. He’d be working with the guy who coached Auburn’s defensive line in 2010, new Tennessee line coach Tracy Rocker.
No. 11: Houston Texans
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Kiper: "I can see Houston looking here for a fit at outside linebacker as well -- and I expect some surprised Texans fans -- but Jones is a hunch call as a perfect option to take some of the pressure off Andre Johnson. Jones has Johnson's size and as a physical receiver brings his lunch pail as a blocker. He can stretch the field, can work underneath and isn't a distant second to Green in terms of overall talent. A good option to take advantage of Matt Schaub's growth into an elite quarterback."
PK says: Paired with Andre Johnson, Jones could give the Texans an incredibly dynamic duo. But can a team with the league’s worst pass defense that’s transitioning from a 4-3 to a 3-4 afford not to use the pick to address those issues?
No. 16: Jacksonville Jaguars
Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri
Kiper: "Jacksonville addressed the interior of its defensive line in last year's draft and sought out bandages at defensive end. With Smith, the Jags get a raw talent with the size to add sacks from that position. Smith is a guy who would be a potential lock for the top 10 if he stuck around for his senior year, so if the Jags soak up some of the developmental work, they could have a player long term."
PK says: Beyond Daryl Smith, the Jaguars can definitely use an upgrade at the position. Jack Del Rio was a linebacker, but it’s Gene Smith who will be making the pick. Jacksonville has major needs at safety and quarterback, but probably can’t head in those directions here. Is he too much of a tweener to be a 4-3 backer?
No. 22: Indianapolis Colts
Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
Kiper: "One more that stays the same from the first mock draft. The Colts must strengthen their line to improve the running game and keep heat off Peyton Manning. Castonzo offers stability as a versatile tackle who will never miss a snap. He could add some bulk, but that's not the most difficult area to address. With well-above-average smarts, awareness and work rate, he fits well in Indy at a position the Colts need to fill."
PK says: Castonzo would be the third tackle off the board in this scenario and sounds like a guy who can help. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they considered Pouncey or Smith in a scenario like this one.