The draft is 99 days away. Mel Kiper’s first mock is out.
Where does he see teams of the AFC South heading at this point?
Let's have a look:
No. 2 -- Jacksonville: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Kiper: “The Jaguars sacked opposing QBs on a league-low 3.6 percent of drop backs this season. I hear people question where Jacksonville will go at the QB position, but if they really want to make a change at QB in 2013 (and that's absolutely no guarantee), free agency is a better option than this spot in the draft. Meanwhile, I've had a pass-rusher as a top need for this franchise going on four years. Moore is an exceptionally productive defensive end prospect with very good quickness, long arms and elite closing burst as a rusher.”
Kuharsky: Oh, for a top-two spot last year instead of this year. A quarterback will rise, but the Jaguars shouldn’t force it. They need building blocks at a lot of spots, and if Moore can be one, then addressing the pass rush with this pick would be just fine.
No. 10 -- Tennessee: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Kiper: “This is a very good athlete, a player who probably could have developed into a draft-worthy tight end, but Oregon made the right call in putting him on defense. There is development left in his game, but his quick first step, long arms and overall athleticism are all high level and he could become a very good NFL pass-rusher.”
Kuharsky: They need a guy who can consistently disrupt the passer, and if he could work with Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley, he could fill a need. He’s a developmental guy, and with a coach who will be on the hot seat, the Titans may seek immediate impact.
No. 24 -- Indianapolis: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Kiper: “Who? Well, suffice to say, after just one year at Florida State, scouts know all about Watson, and people in NFL front offices are starting to catch up. This is a kid who has played basketball at the D-I level, can really use his hands to swat away rushers given a track record as an emerging boxing talent, and will go to the combine and run in the 4.8 range at around 320 pounds.”
Kuharsky: Protecting Andrew Luck has to be a priority and Kiper loves the ceiling for Watson. If he can upgrade the right tackle spot in a hurry, he sounds good to me.
No. 28 -- Houston: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
Kiper: “If he hadn't become a wide receiver, it's entirely possible that Allen could be a coveted safety in this draft. His experience on defense shows up on offense, where he has a great knack for finding space in coverage, working back to the ball to help his quarterback and using great hands as a dependable pass-catcher. He's dangerous with the ball in his hands.”
Kuharsky: With DeVier Posey now recovering from a torn Achilles, finding a receiver to play opposite Andre Johnson and eventually take over for him should be a priority. Houston needs to be more threatening at wideout.