Top 5 Questions facing AFC South Teams

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HO 5 Can the pass D hold up to get the Texans deep into the playoffs?
4 Will Jadeveon Clowney provide the pass rush opposite Watts?
3 Will WR Will Fuller take pressure off WR Hopkins?
2 Can the Run game become a force without a QB?
1 Who will play QB this year?
IN 5 Can the run D ever stop anyone?
They added DT Hankins, DE Sheard, DT Woods, OLB Simon.
4 Can Indy build a run game to take pressure off Luck?
Will Frank Gore continue to run like Al Gore?
3 Will the D backfield improve enough to get IN back to the playoffs?
2 Can the improved O line protect QB Luck 44 sacks last year?
1 Can QB Luck stay healthy all year? Concussions & surg on shoulder kept him out.
When will he be ready to play after surg on throwing shoulder?
JK 5 Is this the year that JK finally improves? Many said last year but it was not.
4 Can the additions on D improve the performance?
They added CB Bouye, DE Campbell, SS Church, & ILB Cole & OLB McCray
3 Will RB Chris Ivory finally provide a run game?
2 Can the rebuild O line protect Bortles better than last year?
1 Is QB Blake Bortles the QB of the future or will they draft a new guy next year?
TN 5 Can DeMarco Murray get 1000 yrs behind a reshuffled O line?
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What impact will DC Dick LeBeau & O line coach Russ Grimm have this year?
3 Can TN improve the pass D adding CB Ryan, SS Cyprien, & SS Trawick?
2 Can TN find anyone that can catch besides Matthews?
1 Will Mariota become the QB TN hoped he would be?

 

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2014 NFL Draft Boom or Bust – First round Defensive players

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NFL Draft (2)

1st Texans Jadeveon Clowney DE – With his physical ability Clowney should become a beast even at weakside linebacker. Forget about the work ethic noise, he will be a Big big Boom.

6th Raiders Khalil Mack OLB – Given the free agency bonanza the Raiders got this off season, Mack won’t be the only quality pass rusher. He has all the tool and a motor that has no off switch. Big Boom

8th Browns Justin Gilbert CB – Gilbert is a top cover corner but don’t expect him to tackle much. Bust alert!

9th Vikings Anthony Barr OLB – Barr has been a LB for 2 years. He needs a lot of work and tends to be standing beside the pile not at the bottom of it. Bust

13th Rams Aaron Donald DT – Perfect 3 technique DT that will provide inside rush for the Rams. Big Boom.

14th Bears Kyle Fuller CB – Fuller is the best all around CB that will support the run and cover. Best in 2 deep zone. Boom.

15th Steelers Ryan Shazier LB – Has the speed to cover and very good instincts. Will likely start day 1 inside. Boom.

17th Ratbirds C.J. Mosley ILB – Speed and instincts. Moseley will become a starting ILB. Boom unfortunately.

18th Jets Calvin Pryor FS – Jets gave up a lot of big plays last year. Pryor is a center fielder with an attitude. Boom

21st Packers Hasean Clinton-Dix FS – See the above. Clinton-Dix is solid and will start. Boom.

23rd Chiefs Dee Ford DE/OLB – Has never stood up or covered a back. Bust alert.

24th Bengals Darqueze Dennard CB – Good tackler but lacks the top speed. Should be OK.

25th Chargers Jason Verrett CB – Great cover guy but is short. Has the instincts to be fine.

26th Eagles Marcus Smith DE – They reached for a marginal pass rusher. He is productive but not the pass rusher that justifies a 1st round pick. Bust.

27th Cardinals Deone Bucannon SS – The Cards are looking for a partner for FS Tyrann Mathieu but this was a big reach. Bust alert.

29th Patriots Dominique Easley DT – If he had not been injured he would have been a top 10 pick. When he gets healthy he will be a Boom.

30th 49ers Jimmie Ward SS – Late riser that deserved the attention. Ward is a big hitter that can cover some. Boom.

31st Broncos Bradley Roby CB – Roby had a tough 2013 but is a solid CB prospect. He should be OK.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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FPS Top 5 players in the 2014 NFL Draft

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NFL Draft

1. DE Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina 6’5″ 266

Clowney is a superb athlete that fits best in a 4-3 defense. While he has the ability to drop into coverage from a linebacker position but in my opinion that is a waste of his talent. While the Texans could draft him they would be better off taking a real linebacker. Some have an issue with his effort level but a good coach should be able to get him motivated.

 

2. OLB Khalil Mack Buffalo 6’3″ 251

Mack is the real deal. He is an outstanding pass rusher with the ability to play any backer position. He has the speed to drop into coverage and the speed and hands to take a pick to the endzone like he did against Ohio State. No motor issue here. Mack is full speed on every play.

 

3. OLT Jake Matthews Texas A&M 6’5″ 308

Most lists have Matthews further down the line. But the combination of experience, ability to play multiple positions and a nasty streak that is part of his DNA makes him #1 OT on this list. He is equally able to run or pass block and doesn’t stop until the whistle blows.

 

4. OLT Greg Robinson Auburn 6’5″ 332

Robinson is more athletic than Matthews but is green. He should have stayed in school for at least another year. Any QB protected by Robinson will get sacked often early in the season. He would be much more effective to learn the NFL game at RT for a year or two before switching to LT. He has a higher upside than Matthews but will have a potentially painful learning curve.

 

5. WR Mike Evans Texas A&M 6’5″ 231

Everyone else has Sammy Watkins as the top WR but I see him as a big risk. The Jags lost a WR that had a drug issue coming into the draft. While Watkins has more athleticism than Evans, the risk is much bigger. Evans wins the 50/50 balls and is a monster in the endzone. He has good speed and great strength.

 

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

 

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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