The league's "newest" franchise continued the
momentum from February's expansion draft into April and plucked a lot of
offensive talent from the college pool. They
hope to build the organization around first pick David Carr and kept their word
selecting receiver Jabar Gaffney in the second frame and ball carriers Jonathan
Wells and Jarrod Baxter during the drafts second day. All were solid choices and have the potential to be
productive at the next level and you can see the direction they are going with
the bigger ball carriers they selected in the middle frames. Offensive
linemen Chester Pitts and Fred Weary could see a lot of action as rookies as
Pitts is a terrific fit inside at guard and Weary will be a mauler on the pivot.
Charles Hill can play the nose in Caper's
three-four scheme and Ahmed Miller was worth a look as the draft's last
selection and will be a force if someone lights a fire under him. A
good effort by the Texans.
A defensive theme was the route the Colts took as six of
their seven choices addressed that side of the ball. Dwight Freeney was a surprise choice and a slight reach in
round one. Indianapolis is hoping
his speed on the carpet of the RCA Dome will showcase what he does best; harass
opposing quarterbacks. Larry
Tripplett upgrades the talent on the defensive line and is the type of tackle
Tony Dungy builds his defense on and cornerback Joe Jefferson is a solid
developmental prospect and a cover-man with body size, speed and skill.
Assuming last season was not an aberration,
David Thorton could be a steal in round four.
The Jaguars draft looks good on paper and if it hits on all
cylinders it could be exceptional. Were
it not for a bad ankle as a senior and questions about his back John Henderson
justifiably would've been a top three selection in this draft as he is a game
impacting defender on the line. Mike
Pearson is another that suffered through a mediocre 2001 campaign and as a
result saw his draft rankings dip. Still,
he is a top-flight pass protector with a large upside.
Akin Ayodele is an intelligent and athletic defender that can handle
several different duties either on, or off the line off scrimmage.
The hidden value of could be sixth round choice Clenton Ballard, a big,
powerful defensive tackle that must now take his game to the next level. David
Garrard is the type of signal caller Tom Coughlin has success with; big,
naturally talented and very raw.