Team Needs In NFL Free-Agency: AFC South

Taking a look at what each team needs to topple the Texans.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Last season the Houston Texans easily won the AFC South.  The rest of the division is young and rebuilding, so the future looks good in Houston.  But in the NFL, any team can make a run.  These are the most pressing needs this off-season for each of the teams in the AFC South as they hope to take/keep control of the division.


Houston Texans
Wide Receiver – Last season the receiving corps got by, despite an injury to Andre Johnson. But this team needs a solid second pass catcher that can play at the level of a #1 guy if the need arises.  Many speculators think former Colt Reggie Wayne could be a good fit.
Cornerback – Last year the Texans struck gold signing Johnathan Joseph but need a solid #2 and nickel corner, Jason Allen, made some big plays last year. Allen may leave though during free-agency.
Hybrid Pass Rusher – This is where losing Mario Williams is going to hurt this team. When the Texans line up in a 3-4 they have fantastic defensive ends, but when lined up in the nickel and dime formation you need a quick edge rusher who can play linebacker in the 3-4.
Nose Tackle – In a 3-4 defense you need a big body in the middle to eat up blocks and let the linebackers behind you roam free.  The Texans have a few players who would be serviceable, but not dominant.

Indianapolis Colts
Quarterback – It's official that Peyton Manning will not be back in Indy next season.  The colts will take Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the top pick in the draft.
Center/Guard – The Colts interior line is aging and needs a few upgrades.  Center Jeff Saturday is nearing the end of a great career so the Colts should look for a successor.  The Tackle positions could be set for the future if Anthony Costanzo and Ben Ijalana continue to improve.
Cornerback – The current corps of corners just isn't going to cut it, the Colts need at least one solid man-to-man cover corner.
Wide Receiver – Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Anthony Gonzalez are all unrestricted free agents.  Indianapolis will need a complete overhaul of receivers for Andrew Luck if they expect him to succeed.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide Receiver – The best player at this position is Mike Thomas and he's better suited to be a slot receiver.  The rest of the receiving corps is mediocre at best, and the Jaguars need a solid 1-2 combination if they expect QB Blaine Gabbert to have any shot in the NFL.
Defensive End – The Jaguars have been searching for years for a dominant pass rusher.  There aren't many on the open market after Mario Williams, so the Jaguars may have to look to draft one.
Cornerback – A lack of pass rushers exposed this unit almost as much as their glut of injuries.  The current unit isn't horrible but it needs better depth, and if Rashean Mathis leaves in free-agency, they will need a solid #1 corner to replace him.

Tennessee Titans
Cornerback/Safety – The Titans will probably lose starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan and both starting safeties in free-agency.  Tennessee has serviceable players to step in at cornerback but they need depth, and this team must find new starters at both safety positions.
Defensive End – This is one of the worst groups of defensive ends in the NFL. Half of the group is probably going to be gone in free-agency so the Titans need to find depth, and turn that depth into results.  Almost any signing is an upgrade.{cke_protected}{cke_protected}{C}
Center/Guard – The running game struggled last year. And even with an outside speed runner like running back Chris Johnson, the running game starts between the tackles.  The Titans need to find veteran talent to pave the way for a once dominant running game.