Checking in on AFC South draft picks

A look at AFC South draft picks heading into opening day …

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

  • First-rounder Jerry Hughes is in line to work as the third or fourth defensive end.

  • Second-rounder Pat Angerer is a backup linebacker and special-teamer.

  • Third-rounder Kevin Thomas (knee), a cornerback, is on IR.

  • Fourth-rounder Jacques McClendon is the backup right guard.

  • Fifth-rounder Brody Eldridge is the starting H-back.

  • Seventh-rounder Ricardo Mathews is a backup defensive lineman.

  • Seventh-rounder Kavell Conner is a backup linebacker and special-teamer.

  • Seventh-rounder Ray Fisher, a cornerback and return man, was cut. (Not put on IR as I originally wrote.)

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • First-rounder Tyson Alualu is a starting defensive tackle.

  • Third-rounder D’Anthony Smith (Achilles), a defensive tackle, is on IR.

  • Fifth-rounder Larry Hart is the second-string right defensive end.

  • Fifth-rounder Austen Lane is the third-string left defensive end.

  • Sixth-rounder Deji Karim is the third-string running back and the top kick returner, though he could be slowed early with a thumb injury.

  • Sixth-rounder Scotty McGee is the punt returner.

Tennessee Titans

  • First-rounder Derrick Morgan is part of the rotation at defensive end.

  • Third-rounder Damian Williams is the second return man and the fifth or sixth receiver.

  • Third-rounder Rennie Curran is a backup linebacker and special-teamer.

  • Fourth-rounder Alterraun Verner could be part of a rotation at right cornerback.

  • Fifth-rounder Robert Johnson is a third-string safety.

  • Sixth-rounder Rusty Smith is the third-string quarterback.

  • Sixth-rounder Myron Rolle, a safety, was cut and is on the practice squad.

  • Seventh-rounder Marc Mariani is the return man and the fifth of sixth receiver.

  • Seventh-rounder David Howard, a defensive tackle, was cut.