No. 8 -- Tennessee Titans
McShay: Nick Fairley, Auburn defensive tackle.
My thoughts: If he’s there, he will be hard to resist. The Titans hired his defensive line coach from Auburn, Tracy Rocker, as their defensive line coach. They are a different defense when they’ve got a dominant guy in the middle and if Fairley lives up to his potential, he could have a bearing on 10 other guys.
No. 11 -- Houston Texans
McShay: Robert Quinn, North Carolina defensive end
Nawrocki: Brandon Harris, Miami cornerback
My thoughts: Could the Texans take another cornerback? Yes. But it sure seems like a veteran leader would be a better add than another kid, no matter how ready and confident he appears. Quinn seems like a better match, as the Texans certainly need pieces for their revamped 3-4 front and there isn’t a proven 3-4 outside linebacker on the team.
No. 16 -- Jacksonville Jaguars
McShay: Aldon Smith, Missouri defensive end
Nawrocki: Adrian Clayborn, Iowa defensive end
My thoughts: It’s a draft that certainly seems designed to give the Jaguars a final pass-rushing piece to the rebuilding of the defensive line. Clayborn is bigger, Smith is faster. Bigger seems to make sense opposite Aaron Kampman, but it’s not like he’s going to be around forever, so how much can that influence things?
No. 22 -- Indianapolis Colts
McShay: Nate Solder, Colorado offensive tackle
Nawrocki: Anthony Castonzo, Boston College offensive tackle
My thoughts: Castonzo’s long gone by the time the Colts are up in McShay’s draft, 12th to Minnesota. Both tackles are giants who can fill out some. I’d love to see one of them land in Indianapolis, but the more everyone gives Indianapolis a tackle, the more inclined I am to suspect they go a different direction. I wish I knew where that was.