Sep 24, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) carries the ball as Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) and strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) defend during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports



INDIANAPOLIS COLTS Overall Assessment: A
Rd 2-Pick 2 (34) Rock Ya-Sin, CB Temple
Rd 2-Pick 17 (49) Ben Banogu, Edge TCU
Rd 2-Pick 27 (59) Parris Campbell, WR Ohio State
Rd 3-Pick 26 (89) Bobby Okereke, LB Stanford
Rd 4-Pick 7 (109) Khari Willis, S Michigan State
Rd 5-Pick 6 (144) Marvell Tell, S USC
Rd 5-Pick 25 (164) EJ Speed, LB Tartleton State
Rd 6-Pick 27 (199) Gerri Green, Edge Mississippi State
Rd 7-Pick 26 (240) Jackson Barton, T Utah
Rd 7-Pick 32 (246) Jovan Patterson, C Mississippi

The Colts and GM Chris Ballard wanted to bolster his defense and he did just that. Out of 10 draft picks, they used 7 on defense. Rock Ya-Sin is an instant starter along with Ben Banogu. Ya-Sin is a physical press corner that fits right into Coach Matt Eberflus’ scheme. Bobby Okereke, Khari Willis and Marvell Tell will all compete for starting roles. Parris Campbell will help give the Colts a dangerous slot receiver to help out T.Y. Hilton. They also addressed depth as E.J. Speed and Gerri Green will help on special teams and provide depth on defense. Jackson Barton and Jovan Patterson will provide depth for one of the best young offensive lines in the league. Trading back out of the 1st and adding picks worked in their favor. There were no reaches here. All picks are remarkable value. All fill a need or make sense for their roster.

HOUSTON TEXANS Overall Assessment: B-
Rd 1-Pick 23 (23) Tytus Howard, T Alabama State
Rd 2-Pick 22 (54) Lonnie Johnson, CB Kentucky
Rd 2-Pick 23 (55) Max Scharping, T Northern Illinois
Rd 3-Pick 23 (86) Kahale Warring, TE San Diego State
Rd 5-Pick 23 (161) Charles Omenihu, DE Texas
Rd 6-Pick 23 (195) Xavier Crawford, CB Cent. Michigan
Rd 7-Pick 6 (220) Cullen Gillaspia, RB Texas A&M

Last season Deshaun Watson took a beating. The Texans addressed that need early buy grabbing two big tackles early. Tytus Howard and Max Scharping both are big and athletic tackles that will grow into the bookends the Texans need. Lonnie Johnson adds a tall, rangy corner to the mix of veteran corners. Kahale Warring is a developmental talent that brings athleticism to the position. He will provide some matchup problems for defenses. Charles Omenihu will jump into the rotation on the defensive line. He adds insurance if there is a holdout or injury to Clowney or Watt. Xavier Crawford and Cullen Gillaspia are depth players that can provide help on special teams. There were some major players still on the board when they made their last two picks. There weren’t over-drafted, but I think there was better value on the board.

Rd 1-Pick 7 (7) Josh Allen, DE Kentucky
Rd 2-Pick 3 (35) Jawaan Taylor, T Florida
Rd 3-Pick 5 (69) Josh Oliver, TE San Jose State
Rd 3-Pick 35 (98) Quincy Williams, S Murray State
Rd 5-Pick 2 (140) Ryquell Armstead, RB Temple
Rd 6-Pick 5 (178) Gardner Minshew, QB Washington St
Rd 7-Pick 21 (235) Dontavius Russell, DT Auburn

The Jags had to jump for joy when Josh Allen fell to them at the 7th pick. One of the top pass rushers in the class was projected to be off the board no later than 5. Adding Jawaan Taylor secures the right tackle position. He fell out of the 1st due to medical reports from the combine. Josh Oliver and Quincy Williams will also have the chance to take over starting roles. Oliver will try to give the Jags the production from the position that veteran free agents have failed to do. Same for Quincy Williams. The small school prospect will get a big opportunity. Depth was the theme of their final three prospects. Ryquell Armstead and Gardner Minshew will back up Leonard Fournette and Nick Foles respectively. Dontavius Russell adds depth to the interior defensive line which is aging. A good class for Tom Coughlin and company. They managed to address starting positions and depth equally well.

TENNESSEE TITANS Overall Assessment: B
Rd 1-Pick 19 (19) Jeffery Simmons, DT Mississippi St
Rd 2-Pick 19 (51) A.J. Brown, WR Mississippi
Rd 3-Pick 19 (82) Nate Davis, G N. Carolina-Charlotte
Rd 4-Pick 14 (116) Amani Hooker, S Iowa
Rd 5-Pick 30 (168) D’Andre Walker, EDGE Georgia
Rd 6-Pick 16 (188) David Long, LB West Virginia

Tennessee not only hosted the draft, but their home team managed to add some major talent. Jeffery Simmons is one of the top defensive tackles in the class. The knee injury will most certainly keep him out most if not all of his rookie season, but he brings a lot of talent to the table when healthy. A.J. Brown will look to upgrade an inconsistent receiving corps. Nate Davis will look to compete on a very good offensive line. If he doesn’t start, then he adds tremendous depth. Amani Hooker will also look to compete for a safety spot. The physical Iowa safety will bring that attitude to the back end of the defense. D’Andre Walker is an experience rush backer that adds depth along with David Long. Long will also add special teams value. If Simmons was on the field to start the 2019 season I could say that his is an A grade.

Jeff Barnes
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Born in the Bronx, NY Jeff attended Mount Saint Michael Academy. He played Defensive back and Halfback, and was a member of the Catholic High School Football League 1992 City Championship team. During his Senior Year he led CHSFL with 4 Interceptions as a cornerback. In 1994, Jeff attended Grambling State University. After leaving school in 1995, he started playing in the United Football League. He would play for 8 years earning 3 Allstar nominations in the UFL and GSFL ( Garden State Football League). After retiring, he decided that coaching was his next challenge, he would start out as a Defensive Backs coach. He was elevated to Defensive Coordinator the following season. He would later shift his focus to offense becoming an offensive coordinator, and was even named Head Coach in 2009. He would serve as a coordinator reaching 4 league championship games. The highlight was his final season as offensive coordinator winning the New England Football League AAA Championship in 2016 with the Western Connecticut Militia. He picked up a knack for developing players with little to no experience as well as former collegiate athletes. Jeff has knowledge of several offensive systems such as Air Coryell, West Coast, Spread and Wishbone. Jeff has coached both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. Jeff is also a Sports Management Worldwide Alumni having been mentored in a scouting and General Manager course by Russ Lande, Mark Dominik and John Wooten. Jeff joined the Major League Football show MLF Weekly as a studio analyst in 2017. He would leave the show in 2018 as he relocated to Florida. He has returned to coaching at the high school level.

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