With the 2020 NFL Draft right around the corner, teams are putting the final touches on their draft boards. While this draft will be different, being conducted virtually, there’s still the same intrigue. Here’s a look at some of the AFC South Draft Notes.
Draft Notes: Jacksonville Jaguars
- Jacksonville holds 12 picks in 2020, including two firsts (9, 20) and three fourths.
- Jags have one winning season (2017) in last 12 years, and there’s no end in sight to the rebuild considering the team traded CB A.J. Bouye, DE Calais Campbell and QB Nick Foles to stockpile draft picks.
- RB Leonard Fournette could be the next to go, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
- Needs: DT, CB, LT, DE, WR, S, RB, LB, TE
Re: Fournette. … Typing from experience, when #Jaguars make a player available, the decision has already been made to move him, not just to see what's out there.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) April 18, 2020
Draft Notes: Indianapolis Colts
- Colts hold seven picks, but none in the first round after trading their 2020 away as part of the DeForest Buckner deal. They have two seconds (34, 44).
- Indy filled the void left by Andrew Luck‘s retirement by signing 38-year-old free agent Philip Rivers. Jacoby Brissett, the starter last year, will be the backup. But coach Frank Reich said recently, “We are always looking hard at the quarterbacks.” So the team may draft one as well.
- Colts may focus on offense in the draft, considering the addition of Buckner as well as DT Sheldon Day, and CBs Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie.
- Needs: WR, QB, TE, S.
Ballard on decision to trade the 13th pick to the 49ers for DT DeForest Buckner:— Andrew Walker (@AWalkerColts) April 17, 2020
"I thought it was very easy. Here’s a 26 year old, he’s got everything we stand for — high character, he’s a producer. … Just watch the Super Bowl game. I mean, that guy played his ass off."
Draft Notes: Tennessee Titans
- Titans hold just six picks, only one in the top-50 and neither a fourth nor a sixth rounder.
- Picking No. 29 overall is the latest Tennessee’s selected since 2008, when they last won the AFC South title.
- After signing QB Ryan Tannehill to a four-year, $118 million deal, it’s unlikely the Titans go for a QB early. They’re more likely to go the best-player-available route.
- NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah has Tennessee taking Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk with pick No. 29.
- Needs: CB, OT, WR, DL, IOL, K.
Lucas Niang has received interest from the #Titans. Hear him discuss why he's a fit. A. J. Green had a virtual meeting with them as well. He shared what Tennessee likes about his game in the latest edition of Talking w/TD. Check it out here ⬇️ https://t.co/N9hyZqgEBI— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) April 19, 2020
Draft Notes: Houston Texans
- Texans hold seven picks, and just one inside the top-90 and just three inside the top-170. They traded their next two 1st round picks to Miami for LT Laremy Tunsil and WR Kenny Stills.
- Houston’s first pick will come at No. 40, a pick the team received in the surprising deal that sent WR DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona last month.
- Texans didn’t re-sign RBs Carlos Hyde or Lamar Miller, but brought in David Johnson to be the featured back.
- Bill O’Brien might not be done trading wide receivers, according to the Athletic’s Aaron Reis. Next to go could be Stills and Keke Coutee.
- Needs: CB, S, WR, DL
David Johnson on Zoom: 'I think last season was just rough, had little nicks and bruises, nothing major. Kliff told me they were going with the hot hand. It was tough to bounce back from that. It's a new team, I'm excited.'— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 17, 2020