After a brief hiatus, our good buddy Greg Cosell of NFL Films, ESPN's NFL Matchup, and Shutdown Corner is back to talk a little football. And with more than a month passed since the draft, we thought it would be interesting to review that selection process by division, now that teams have given a bit of insight into how their new players will be used. We've already covered the NFC West and AFC West, and we'll move to the AFC South to see how the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans did with their selections.
On Houston's first-round pick, Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins: "You mentioned Roddy White, and I think he could become that kind of receiver. I don't think he's as gifted as Julio Jones, who's a bigger man with a lot more speed. But you're talking about a big, physical wide receiver with strong hands, good route quickness, and deceptive speed. I made a point to ask [former St. Louis Rams receiver] Torry Holt about Hopkins at the Broadcast Boot Camp, and he really liked DeAndre Hopkins. He told me that he thought that Hopkins would absolutely start right away, and pull coverage away from Andre Johnson. Torry Holt knows a bit more about the receiver position that I do, so I'll go with that response."
On Indianapolis' first-round pick, Florida State OLB/DE Bjoern Werner: "I know this from conversations with people who know that the Colts see Werner very similarly to Ryan Kerrigan, and they're going to stand him up. That doesn't mean he's never going to be in a three-point stance, because they do a lot defensively, but they see him that way, and it will be very interesting, because he rarely did that at Florida State in his last year. He's an athletic kid -- you and I have discussed that we each liked Tank Carradine a little more, but Werner is athletic. There were times when he used his hands really effectively, and he did show quickness and explosiveness off the ball as a pass-rusher. There's a lot to like about him, but I didn't think he was always competitive snap after snap."
On Jacksonville's second-round pick, Florida State S Jonathan Cyprien: "He had an interception against Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater where he came from the deep middle to the sideline, and it was a play in which Bridgewater actually did a good job of trying to keep Cyprien in the middle. To me, that showed the kind of natural athleticism we're talking about as a deeper player. I really like Cyprien, and barring anything unforeseen, he'll start from Day 1."
On Tennessee's fifth-round pick, LSU DE Lavar Edwards: "I like him a lot. It's easy to say a lot of things right now, but I think Edwards has a chance to be a really good sub-package pass-rusher. He's the kind of player who could get eight or nine sacks playing in a sub package, playing defensive end and rushing the quarterback. When you saw LSU's defense, there were so many guys to watch, and he sometimes got lost in the wash because he didn't always play every snap. But there's an explosiveness to his movement, and I think he's going to be a better pro player that he was in college."
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