The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is behind us and the Houston Texans picked up a solid cornerback in Kevin Johnson with their selection at number 16. Two of the three division rivals picked in the top five, and they both made solid selections.
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The Tennessee Titans, who rejected Chip Kelly’s offer of the entire Philadelphia team and keys to the city, took Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. That pick was followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars selecting defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr. out of Florida.
Mariota going to Tennessee means that the Texans now have to face three young passers all picked in the top three of recent drafts. The top pick in 2012 was Andrew Luck of the Colts, the third overall pick in 2013 was Blake Bortles for the Jags and now the Hawaiian native Mariota takes the reins in Nashville for the Titans.
The Jaguars got themselves a solid pass rusher after getting the top quarterback in the draft last season and both teams made themselves much more competitive this season. And then there was the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts were already an offensive power, gaining over 4,800 yards through the air with 42 passing touchdowns. That was good enough to be the top passing attack in the league with an average of 305.9 passing yards per game.
Conversely they were 19th in the league in overall defense, surrendering 23.1 points per game. They have holes all along their defense and could have used help at any spot, so naturally they bolstered their defense right? Wrong!
So that means they revamped their offensive line to keep Luck from running for his life, or got a running back to help improve their poor running game, right? Again…no.
The Colts instead picked Phillip Dorsett from the University of Miami. Which is also the same school they signed all their free agents from, although I think they were all class of ’98.
Dorsett is a speedy, short receiver at 5’10” 185 pounds. He reminds me a lot of their 5’9″ 178 pounds receiver Hilton. So basically they drafted to add to a strength, with a player they pretty much already had.
So my only question is what were they thinking? After hitting in 2012 on Luck and Hilton, they have swung and missed with their top picks. Trading last year’s number one for running back Trent Richardson, now with Oakland, and this year getting a carbon copy of Hilton (even though there isn’t much more passing yardage to go around).
Here’s to hoping the team drafts a few more receivers tonight!