AFC South Notes: Jags, Colts, Titans

With the draft pushed back two weeks this year, the Jaguars’ staff used the extra time to delve back into prospects while trying to avoid falling into the trap of “paralysis by analysis.” Accordingly, offensive coordinator Jed Fisch says he’s been examining prospects in specific game situations — from a coach’s perspective — rather than just watching tape like a scout and assigning a grade.

Said Fisch: “Let me take a look at this guy’s throws to his left versus the other guys this year or the guys last year,’ or, ‘Let’s look at their two-minute drives,’ or, ‘With this offensive lineman, let’s look at all of the outside run plays. Now you’re looking for something different. You have to mix it up the second go-around. The first time, you’re watching them to watch them and then you’re grading. But if you’re making a decision on one guy against another guy against another guy, you comparison shop.”

In other AFC South news and notes…

  • The general rule of thumb suggests mining three good players makes for a successful draft, but with 11 selections and roster thin on talent, the Jaguars are looking for four or five legitimate starters in this year’s draft, writes Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
  • Thanks to last year’s Trent Richardson trade — which turned out to be Richardson for the 26th pick — the Colts don’t have a pick in tonight’s first round, but the stakes remain high for GM Ryan Grigson, writes Stephen Holder in the Indianapolis Star.
  • The Titans are expected to have a more harmonious draft room than in year’s past, writes Jim Wyatt in the Tennesseean.
  • Wyatt also tweeted a list of quarterback prospects the Titans have worked out and/or spent time with.
  • Meanwhile, ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky asks the question: “What if the Tennessee Titans draft a first-round QB?” Considering the team will not pick up 2010 first-rounder Jake Locker‘s fifth-year option, the possibility exists the Titans could draft another quarterback, especially if new head coach Ken Whisenhunt isn’t sold on Locker’s long-term prospects. Kuharsky writes, “While the Titans are loyal and patient and committed with regard to Locker, they also aren’t operating with blinders on.”
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