AFC South Draft Grade 2015 Defense Style: Who Is Going To Help Your Fantasy Football IDP Team

The South is going to rise again and with it your fantasy football IDP team. Well, Texas and Jacksonville are looking good for the division and for your fantasy team.  The other two? Well, read on.

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Houston Texans

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Best Pick: Kevin Johnson, Cornerback, Round 1 (16) — Is a three year starting cornerback.  Smaller than desired but is athletic with excellent cover skills.

Most Surprising: Vince Wilfork, Nose Tackle, Free Agency —Good fit, feels a need just surprising that he was available.

Biggest Sleeper: Benardrick McKinney, Inside Linebacker, Round 2 (43)—Has above average size and length.  He started every game and led the team in tackles. 


Jacksonville Jaguars

Best Pick: Okay let’s get this out of the way, the best pick was Daunte Fowler Jr., but he’s out so … Michael Bennett, Defensive Tackle, Round 6 (180)—His draft analysis states that he has violent, active hands with a great burst off the snap. And he is going with Gus Bradley. 

Most Surprising: Jared Odrick, Defensive Tackle, Free Agency—Good against the pass and good against the run. Suh who?

Biggest Sleeper: James Sample, Safety, Round 4 (104)—Sample is a perfect fit for the Cover 3 defense favored by Coach Bradley.  In one season he collected 90 tackles with four interceptions. 


Tennessee Titans

Best Pick:  Perrish Cox, Defensive Back, Free Agency— The second best cornerback to exit San Francisco this season.  However, the second best of the 49ers is still better than what the Titans produced last year.

Most Surprising: Brian Orakpo, Linebacker, Free Agency—Surprising because Orakpo is coming off a bad season in which he only had a half-sack in seven games.  He spent the last nine weeks of the season on injured reserve because of a torn pectoral muscle. 

Biggest Sleeper: Deiontrez Mont, Outside Linebacker, Round 6 (177)—Has experience playing all along the front seven including defensive line. Last year he played 13 games, registering five sacks. 


Indianapolis Colts

Best Pick: Trent Cole, Defensive End, Free Agency—Pro Football Focus graded Cole as a top-12 pass rushing 3-4 outside linebacker last season.  He was also given positive marks in his run defense.  And that is a glaring need for the Colts.

Most Surprising: Amarlo Herrera, Inside Linebacker, Round 6 (207)—So the league’s worst red zone defense goes for a developmental player. Undersized inside linebacker who lacks downhill traits.

Biggest Sleeper: D’Joun Smith, Cornerback, Round 3 (65)—Has starting talent might be best in Cover 2 scheme.  However he has above average ball skills and instincts.


Okay, so the best in the division didn’t get better? The Colts had the league’s worst run defense. And yes it is a passing league — unless teams know they can run on you all day long. So what are we learning? That the Colts and our fantasy hopes are resting on Robert Mathis making a clean return. If that doesn’t happen, we are turning our fantasy draft hopes westward.

We are turning towards the Texans and the Jaguars for our fantasy fortunes. The rush will be on for JJ Watt, but don’t worry there is so much more deliciousness to be had on both the Texans squad and the Jaguars are making a play for your fantasy attention. When you are looking for fantasy goodness the Jaguars defense is chock-full of good.

And while the attention of the Titans is placed on the offense, look away. Their defense may surprise. They have a couple of good free agent acquisitions? Question, because they can be good. We know they will be better than the Titans were last year, but our fantasy fortunes rely on the players being better. And for that we will wait and see what pre-season holds.

Stay tuned.

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