The AFC South has the potential to be the best division in football this year. If the Texans can prove Deshaun Watson, Whitney Mercilus and J.J Watt are fully healthy, they could challenge the Jaguars for the division. You also have to watch out for Andrew Luck if he’s healthy. If everything goes right, it’s anyone’s division. We could possibly even see three teams from the AFC South in the playoffs.
The 3rdround safety out of Stanford is going to be leaned on heavily in 2018. The Texans didn’t have a first or second-round pick in the 2018 draft, so the Reid pick is already incredibly important. The Texans also cut 2015 first-team All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu, who was a huge cog in a below average Texans secondary that was already dealing with the loss of A.J Bouye to the division rival Jaguars. Poor play from former first-round corner Kevin Johnson and the rapidly aging Jonathan Joseph is going to make Reid’s role in the secondary all the more important.
The Jaguars are in need of someone to step up at wide receiver. They lost Allen Robinson to the Chicago Bears in free agency, and they released Allen Hurns, who signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Chark is a big receiver, standing at 6’2, who can run very well (4.34 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine). Chark flashed a lot of big-play ability at LSU, but the biggest question with him will be: can Blake Bortles get him the football? If Bortles proves he can get Chark the ball, the tandem of Chark and Donte Moncrief will be able to stretch defenses better than almost anyone in the league.
Landry is arguably a top 10 player in this draft class, but concerns about some injuries he played through during his senior year at Boston College caused his stock to slide all the way into the 2ndround. Landry brings an extra element to Mike Vrabel’s defense, which needed some more help rushing the passer. Jurrell Casey is an elite pass rusher, but he needs more help. Landry will be able to make an instant impact from his outside linebacker spot and fill a role that Kevin Dodd hasn’t been able to yet.
The last of three 2ndround picks the Colts used in 2018, Lewis has the look of a day one starter. He played on an incredibly talented Ohio State defensive line and should be able to have a huge impact during the season. The Colts defense is not very talented and needs help at every level. Lewis has the ability to be a star on a Colts defense desperate for talent. Their first round pick from last season, Malik Hooker, is coming off of a torn ACL, but he made a huge impact when he was on the field. Expect much of the same from Lewis when he hits the field.