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2024 NFL Draft Review: AFC South

The 2024 NFL Draft is over and now it is time to look back. Draft Countdown is doing a division-by-division review series. Today, we look at the AFC South.

Did the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans improve themselves? Let’s find out.

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2024 NFL Draft Review: AFC South

HOUSTON TEXANS

2 42 CB Kamari Lassiter Georgia
2 59 OT Blake Fisher Notre Dame
3 78 S Calen Bullock Southern Cal
4 123 TE Cade Stover Ohio State
6 188 S Jamal Hill Oregon
6 205 RB Jawhar Jordan Louisville
7 238 EDGE Solomon Byrd Southern Cal
7 247 DL Marcus Harris Auburn
7 249 IOL LaDarius Henderson Michigan

BEST OVERALL PICK: Blake Fisher, OT, Notre Dame

BEST VALUE: Marcus Harris, DL, Auburn

BIGGEST REACH: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia

FAVORITE UDFA: Jadon Janke, WR, South Dakota State

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

I find it hard to get behind a cornerback who runs a 4.6+ forty with hot and cold tape. Kamari Lassiter may have been timed faster by the Texans brass but I just can’t see this as anything other than a big reach.

Blake Fisher is a solid right tackle prospect whose ceiling is that of an average NFL starter. Calen Bullock is a hybrid nickel/safety with good ball skills but is seemingly allergic to tackling.

I like Cade Stover and Jahwar Jordan as nice depth pieces.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

1 15 EDGE Laiatu Latu UCLA
2 52 WR Adonai Mitchell Texas
3 79 OT Matt Goncalves Pittsburgh
4 117 IOL Tanor Bortolini Wisconsin
5 142 WR Anthony Gould Oregon State
5 151 S Jaylon Carlies Missouri
5 164 S Jaylin Simpson Auburn
6 201 CB Micah Abraham Marshall
7 234 DL Jonah Laulu Oklahoma

BEST OVERALL PICK: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

BEST VALUE: Latu

BIGGEST REACH: Jaylon Carlies, S, Missouri

FAVORITE UDFA: Kedon Slovis, QB, BYU

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

I loved the approach from Colts GM Chris Ballard. He stood pat and drafted the top defensive player in the class in Laiatu Latu. Indy has taken shots on several high-upside athletic pass rushers in the past but Latu is much more polished than any of them.

They were able to find great value in the second round with Texas WR Adonai Mitchell. Mitchell was the best athlete in the class at his position. He will provide the Colts an upgrade in the redzone and give them solid production 20-to-20.

I liked fourth-rounder Tanner Bortolini more than Matt Goncalves in the third. Bortolini is likely a starter soon.

Oregon State WR Anthony Gould is like an adrenaline injection for the Indianapolis return units.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

1 23 WR Brian Thomas Jr. LSU
2 48 DL Maason Smith LSU
3 96 CB Jarrian Jones Florida State
4 114 OT Javon Foster Missouri
4 116 DL Jordan Jefferson LSU
5 153 CB Deantre Prince Mississippi
5 167 RB Keilan Robinson Texas
6 212 K Cameron Little Arkansas
7 236 EDGE Myles Cole Texas Tech

BEST OVERALL PICK: Brian Thomas, Jr, WR, LSU

BEST VALUE: Myles Cole, EDGE, Texas Tech

BIGGEST REACH: Jarrion Jones, CB, Florida State

FAVORITE UDFA: Josh Proctor, S, Ohio State (#221 on Final Board)

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

Jacksonville did a great job in working the board in the first round and taking a player (Brian Thomas Jr) that they probably would have taken at 17.

I like the additions of the LSU duo on the interior defensive line in Maason Smith and Jordan Jefferson. Smith has the higher upside though Jefferson has the higher floor.

Jarrian Jones was drafted about two rounds too high. 

I Gould for the Colts, Keilan Robinson can upgrade the Jags kick return game with the new NFL rules in place this year.

TENNESSEE TITANS

1 7 OT JC Latham Alabama
2 38 DL T’Vondre Sweat Texas
4 106 LB Cedric Gray North Carolina
5 146 CB Jarvis Brownlee Jr. Louisville
6 182 WR Jha’Quan Jackson Tulane
7 242 LB James Williams”}”>James Williams Miami (FL)
7 252 EDGE Jaylen Harrell Michigan

BEST OVERALL PICK: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

BEST VALUE: Cedric Gray, LB, North Carolina

BIGGEST REACH: T’Vondre Sweat, DL, Texas

FAVORITE UDFA: Dillon Johnson, RB, Washington (#194 on Final Board)

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

Alabama tackle JC Latham is an instant upgrade for the Titans up front. Cedric Gray was the best coverage LB in the class for me. I believe he starts for Tennessee sooner rather than later. Can T’Vondre Sweat stay clean? If so, pairing him next to Jeffrey Simmons will be scary for opposing offenses.

I liked the day three approach for the Titans as well—especially CB Jarvis Brownlee Jr.

 

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