CB Brandon Harris
Round 1: Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt
Round 2a: Arizona LB Brooks Reed
Round 2b: Miami CB Brandon Harris
Round 4: Virginia Tech CB Rashad Carmichael
Round 5a: Idaho S Shiloh Keo
Round 5b: North Carolina QB T.J. Yates
Round 7a: Arkansas State OT Derek Newton
Round 7b: Rice DE Cheta Ozougwu
Best Pick: Harris. While he was far from one of the big corners in the draft, he can certainly cover and should immediately help calm down a Houston secondary that has been awful.
Worst Pick: Yates. There is no use giving Matt Leinart another shot as the No. 2 behind Matt Schaub, but Yates doesn't appear to be much better than some of the options that could have been signed as undrafted free agents.
Analysis: Needing defense, defense and more defense, you have to like the fact that the Texans knew which side of the football needed the most attention and used their first five selections on defenders.
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OT Anthony Castonzo
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Best Pick: Castonzo. He probably shouldn't have still been on the board at No. 22 overall, which is why Colts brass wasted zero time writing his name on the card and handing it to the Commissioner.
Worst Pick: Carter. Not that Carter himself as a terrible choice, as he's a solid back without a lot of flash to his game, but if he's needed to contribute right away, that doesn't say much for the future of former first rounders Joseph Addai and Donald Brown.
Analysis: Indianapolis knows whose straw stirs the drink (Peyton Manning's), which is why Castonzo and Ijalana were chosen at the top of the draft, plus Nevis was a quality addition in the third round.
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QB Blaine Gabbert
Best Pick: Gabbert. Seemingly fine with unspectacular play under center year in and year out from incumbent David Garrard, Jacksonville made a rather unexpected move in the draft by sacrificing a second rounder to get a quarterback of the future.
Worst Pick: Shorts. Just because he also went to Mount Union, that doesn't mean Shorts is going to be the next Pierre Garcon.
Analysis: Taking four small-school prospects after Gabbert was noteworthy, as was the lack of a pass rusher -- the Jaguars were tied for 30th in sacks a season ago.
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RB Jamie Harper
Round 1: Washington QB Jake Locker
Round 2: UCLA LB Akeem Ayers
Round 3: USC DT Jurrell Casey
Round 4a: Miami CB Colin McCarthy
Round 4b: Clemson RB Jamie Harper
Round 5: Iowa DE Karl Klug
Round 6: Louisville OT Byron Stingily
Round 7a: Auburn DT Zach Clayton
Round 7b: California (PA) CB Tommie Campbell
Best Pick: Casey. He doesn't have to morph into another Albert Haynesworth, but the Titans needed an upgrade at defensive tackle and Casey flashes first-round talent here and there.
Worst Pick: Harper. Chris Johnson is one of the few 2,000-yard backs in league history, plus second stringer Javon Ringer averaged 4.7 yards per carry in 2010, so Harper may now finally be convinced that he should have stayed in school.
Analysis: Calling Locker's name in the first round closes the door on Vince Young in Tennessee once and for all, and because Ayers had the look of a 3-4 linebacker to a lot of scouts, it will be interesting to see how the coaching staff employs him in a 4-3.
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Best Draft in the AFC South: Texans
|John Crist is an NFL analyst for Scout.com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.|