We are now just a matter of days away from the start of the 2020 NFL Draft, which means that teams will now be finalizing their list of potential draftees. There have been countless mock drafts posted online for months now, but no-one really knows what any team is going to do, with many of them probably forced to make changes on the fly as the players they want end up going elsewhere. We are going to take a closer look at each of the 6 divisions to see how things might play out in the draft, which includes exploring what every team needs to plug their existing holes. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what the teams in the AFC South might do in the 2020 NFL Draft and their odds.
AFC South Mock Draft For 2020 Draft
The Houston Texans won the division last season with a 10-6 record, but with the AFC so tight, they need to choose wisely here to stay on top. By shipping out DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals, Houston immediately opened up a need at the WR position, although replacing Hopkins production through the draft is going to be tough. This is a team that needs to tighten up on defense, starting with help in the secondary, so don’t be them surprised to see them pick a CB with their first pick. Then again, they may also go for an edge rusher like A.J Epenesa.
The Titans finished at 9-7 last season and got into the playoffs via the Wild Card. They made the most of that by going all the way to the AFC South Conference Final, so they are certainly close. The biggest hole this team needs to fill is in stopping the run, which probably means looking at a DT with their first pick. Then again, they may choose to shore up the secondary, with CB Kristian Fulton a potential first round pick for the Titans. They could also use help at TE and OT. Defense would certainly seem to be job one for Tennessee given how solid they are on offense now.
The Colts finished last year with a record of 7-9, which was not all that surprising given that Andrew Luck decided to retire right before the start of the season. Jacoby Brissett filled in decently enough, but the signing of Phillip Rivers suggests that the Colts are not totally sold on their QB from last season. The Colts believe that they have a window of opportunity with Rivers at the helm and will likely take a receiver with their first pick, which comes in the second round. Michael Pittman Jr. may still be around then, but also look for the Colts to go for a QB and a TE in their earlier picks.
It’s easy to forget that the Jaguars were just one defensive play away from going to the Super Bowl a few short years ago, as their fall from grace has been rather drastic. A defensive unit that looked great now looks porous, while their move to land QB Nick Foles proved to be a total bust. This is a team that will be looking to totally re-tool the defense, while also looking for some big time playmakers on the offensive side of the football. The good news is that Jacksonville has 12 picks in the draft, with most believing that CJ Henderson at CB will be their first pick.