NFL Draft: No Jadeveon Clowney for the AFC South and What that Means for the Tennessee Titans Draft

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COMMENTARY | In a recent quote, Jaguars owner Shad Khan said that the Jaguars will draft a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft. With that news, is there a possibility that Jadeveon Clowney will land somewhere other than the AFC South?

Houston Texans

The Texans need a franchise quarterback and there appears to be one in this year's NFL Draft. It would be a shock if anyone other than Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, or Derek Carr was selected with the number one overall pick. So I think the Texans can be marked off of the list.

Jacksonville Jaguars

If the previous quote is true, then it seems like the Jaguars are planning a complete overhaul at the QB position. That means that they will likely eye a quarterback in round one, and look for a talented backup in rounds 4-7. The likely suspects are Jeff Mathews and Jimmy Garoppolo in the later rounds, but look for the same combination or Bortles, Bridgewater, Carr, or Manziel to be in the mix at number three.

Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans

Both of these teams can be lumped together because it is nearly impossible that (without a trade) these teams could draft high enough to get Clowney. While the Titans may have the ways and the means, Clowney isn't an ideal fit for the versatile defense that Tennessee will run, especially when you think about what it will take to move up and get him.

So that means…

This means three things for the Titans.

1. First and foremost the AFC South looks a lot more conquerable. If the Jaguars had landed Clowney and the Texans had landed Bridgewater, it would be bad news for the Titans and their chances of taking over the division. However, a scenario where the Texans draft Bortles and the Jaguars take Manziel might be the best thing that could possibly happen to the Titans. Neither QB is exactly pro-ready and a talented DC like Ray Horton would be able to stunt their growth as passers.

2. The need for a new right tackle decreases dramatically. If the Titans had to face J.J. Watt, Robert Mathis and Jadeveon Clowney it would be tough sledding for the current offensive line. The need for a new right tackle would put it to the top of the draft, and almost certainly force them into over drafting someone.

3. Locker just became more appealing as the 2014 starter at QB for the Titans. With two of the top four quarterbacks likely off the board by the time the Titans make their first pick, it is likely that whatever option they are left with will be worse than Jake Locker. Not only that, but it means that there is a strong chance that a top pass-rusher is available when they pick and there almost certainly won't be a QB better than Locker available in round two.

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Will Lomas is a lead blogger for and a staff writer for SBNation's Tennessee Titans website Music City Miracles. Will is also the sports editor for the Tennessee Journalist, the University of Tennessee's online news source.

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