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Team Dream Draft Results - AFC SOUTH



To keep this out of pure fantasy drafting, there are no trades proposed. This is an attempt to take a look at each team’s draft capital, assess where their roster stands after free agency and prior to the draft, and attempt to put together the best team draft possible. But most importantly, rooted in reality. That is, using SNS’ Offensive and Defensive Tier Rankings (available for FREE at Patreon / Stack ‘N Shed!) as a guide, an individual team draft will be conducted with the prospects that fit the team and is likely to be available at that draft pick. In other words, Detroit will be unlikely to get CJ Stroud at #6 and Jalen Carter at #18, so Team Dream Drafts won’t go there! Finally, like the actual draft, once a prospect is selected, he is off the board and cannot be re-drafted. This draft was completed on Friday, April 7 and does not consider any NFL transactions completed after that date.


AFC SOUTH


Houston

Total picks – 12

1 / 2 Bryce Young / QB / Alabama

1 / 12 Darnell Wright / OT / Tennessee

2 / 33 KJ Henry / Edge / Clemson

3 / 65 Xavier Hutchinson / WR / Iowa State

3 / 73 Julius Brents / CB / Kansas State

4 / 104 Tyjae Spears / RB / Tulane

5 / 161 Anthony Bradford / OL / LSU

6 / 188 Derius Davis / WR / TCU

6 / 201 Josh Whyle / TE / Cincinnati

6 / 203 Keondre Coburn / DT / Texas

7 / 230 Ben VanSumeren / LB / Michigan State

7 / 259 DeMarco Hellams / S / Alabama


Houston selects SNS’ #1 ranked QB, Young, at #2. At #12 Wright is the pick and should start at ORT from day one. Henry is an explosive pass rusher with good bend and burst. Hutchinson gives the Texans a WR with size and deep speed. Brents has great length. Spears is very quick and is a surprisingly physical RB. Bradford is big and versatile. Davis is fast, quick, and a dangerous punt returner. Whyle is an athletic TE who competes as a blocker. Coburn has great size and is an effective run stuffer. VanSumeren has good length and is very athletic and fast. Hellams is Mr. Irrelevant, as the last pick of this year’s draft.



Indianapolis

Total picks – 9

1 / 4 Hendon Hooker / QB / Tennessee

2 / 35 Antonio Johnson / S / Texas A&M

3 / 79 Jayden Reed / WR / Michigan State

4 / 106 Jose Ramirez / Edge / Eastern Michigan

5 / 138 Nic Jones / CB / Ball State

5 / 162 Mohamoud Diabate / LB / Utah

5 / 169 Jordan McFadden / OL / Clemson

7 / 221 Calvin Avery / DT / Illinois

7 / 236 Brandon Hill / S / Pittsburgh


Hooker was a legit top 10 draft prospect and then he suffered an ACL injury in November – not a reach with a top 5 pick. Gardner Minshew was acquired to be the short-term starting QB and selecting Hooker gives the Colts a franchise QB without having to reach for Richardson at #4. Johnson has experience both in man and zone coverage and offers versatility in the secondary. Reed is quick and could excel out of the slot and is an excellent punt returner. Ramirez was the MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2022. Jones offers good length and sticky coverage skills. Diabate can play either inside or outside. McFadden played OLT at Clemson but may project inside in the NFL. Avery offers great mass and the ability to eat up blocks. Hill is an old-fashioned physical strong safety and should excel on special teams.



Tennessee

Total picks – 6

1 / 11 Broderick Jones / OT / Georgia

2 / 41 Jalin Hyatt / WR / Tennessee

3 / 72 Ricky Stromberg / IOL / Arkansas

5 / 147 Isaiah Moore / LB / North Carolina State

6 / 186 JL Skinner / S / Boise State

7 / 228 Jake Haener / QB / Fresno State


Jones has the highest upside of any of the OL available in this draft. Hyatt won the Biletnikoff Award in 2022 and is a playmaking threat in the open field. Stromberg is an experienced SEC center with good leadership skills. Moore is an athletic ILB with enough athleticism to play in space. Skinner has excellent size and length and matches up physically with TEs well. Haener is comparable to Brock Purdy, 49ers QB and last year’s Mr. Irrelevant.



Jacksonville

Total picks – 9

1 / 24 Cody Mauch / OT / North Dakota State

2 / 56 Emil Ekiyor / IOL / Alabama

3 / 88 Jerrod Clark / DT / Coastal Carolina

4 / 121 Eli Ricks / CB / Alabama

4 / 127 Ronnie Bell / WR / Michigan

5 / 185 Evan Hull / RB / Northwestern

6 / 202 Anthony Johnson / S / Iowa State

6 / 208 Dillan Gibbons / IOL / Florida State

7 / 226 Tyson Bagent / QB / Shepherd


Mauch plays with a nasty mean streak and will start at ORT in September. Ekiyor is technically solid and could play guard or center. Clark is large, strong, and brings a powerful bull rush. Ricks has good size, length, and athleticism. Bell is solid in all aspects of the receiving game and is one of the better blocking WRs in this draft. Hull has great balance and has a well-rounded skill set. Johnson is a former CB and matches up well with TEs in coverage. Gibbons offers size, length, and power to line up at one guard slot. Bagent has enough skills to develop into a quality NFL backup QB.


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