The 2012 NFL Draft is nearly upon us, and this edition is much clearer than last year, at least in terms of team needs, because free agency has already taken place. Here on the staff blog, I’m going to break down each team’s top needs and fantasy outlook for the draft, going division by division. Today we head to the AFC South, and, if you missed it, check out the AFC East from Tuesday and the AFC North from Wednesday. Got a player you want your team to target? Let me know in the comments.
Also, be sure to take a look at our massive 2012 Pre-Draft Rookie Report, which takes an in-depth look at all the top fantasy prospects.
Picks: 26, 58, 76, 99, 121, 161, 195, 233
1. Wide Receiver – The Texans have been unable to find a consistent producer opposite Andre Johnson the last few years, as
The Texans would surely love for Baylor WR Kendall Wright to fall to them in the 1st round.
neither Kevin Walter nor Jacoby Jones has been reliable. Walter is fine in the slot but shouldn’t start on the outside, while Jones has never lived up to his potential on a week [...]
Thursday brought us a long, tense day of labor negotiations, and now an absolutely crucial time continues in New York today. Elsewhere, a decision in Tennessee leaves the league with one less capable veteran quarterback.
Collins retires … If you take a look at the numbers – 3,439 completions (9th); 6,193 attempts (9th); and 40,441 yards (11th) – the average fan probably wouldn’t guess they belong to Kerry Collins. After a somewhat underrated 16-year career, the 38-year-old Collins opted to retire Thursday, thus ending speculation that he’d re-sign in Tennessee and hold the starting QB job while rookie Jake Locker tries to adjust to the pro game.
As a fellow product of Penn State, I salute Kerry Collins for an undefeated 1994 season.
Collins had an up-and-down career, beginning when he was the 5th overall pick out of Penn State in the 1995 draft and the first ever pick of the expansion Carolina Panthers. He proceeded to lead the team to the NFC Championship game in his second year and the team’s second year. But his career with the Panthers and then the Saints in the ‘90s was derailed by problems with alcohol before he went through rehab and resurrected his career [...]
Is Michael Crabtree hurt or healthy? Is the lockout almost over or is there still a lot of work to be done? Is Carson Palmer finished in Cincinnati? We have a lot of questions with few concrete answers.
Crabtree says he’s fine … On Tuesday, the Sacramento Bee reported that 49er WR Michael Crabtree has been bothered by his left foot, which he had surgery on in 2009. Crabtree has sat out workouts for much of the Alex Smith-led sessions, but on Wednesday, he told reporters that everything was fine. And hey! Here’s Crabtree putting on shoes. Crabtree has caught some passes during workouts, and 49er OT Joe Staley stuck up for the receiver. Reporters have been allowed to watch only 30 minutes and haven’t seen Crabtree do much, but he’s insisted that he’s been active. So, if Crabtree is feeling even the slightest bit of discomfort, it probably isn’t a bad thing that he’s taking it easy during informal workouts. We really have no idea how significant the discomfort is though, and this is just one more story that makes us look forward to real football in September.
What $2 million looks like
Investigating the Cincinnati area real estate market … [...]
The big news Friday morning is that some owners are apparently resisting movements on the labor front, but that should not surprise anyway. Instead, we focus on the happiness of a Jacksonville tight end and the running game in New York.
Lewis looking for more … Jaguar TE Marcedes Lewis emerged as one of the league’s most complete players at the position in 2010, and he was also a very viable fantasy option because of his knack for getting into the endzone. After his strong season, the Jaguars opted to put the franchise tag on Lewis – a move he is not pleased with. Of course, we have no idea if a franchise tag will mean anything until the labor mess is resolved, but Lewis said he wants a long-term deal to stay in Jacksonville and feels he’s put in the work necessary over the last five years to warrant more than just a one-year tag. Lewis caught 58 passes for 700 yards and 10 TDs last season, and the numbers certainly jumped out considering he had a total of 7 TDs in his first four seasons. All the numbers were career bests, and he ranked 7th among TEs with an [...]
We continue to receive positive signs about the lockout, while a certain Titan receiver continues to make headlines for the wrong reasons. Roger Goodell has not been able to suspend anyone recently, so could we see the headline “Lockout ends; Britt suspended” in the near future?
Kenny, c'mon… this is turrible
The Kenny Britt Daily … June is not shaping up to be a good month for embattled Titan WR Kenny Britt. After a breakout 2010 season that was shortened by a hamstring injury, he’s had a tumultuous off-season full of brushes with the law. Last week, he was arrested and charged with two counts of resisting arrest, and that came just a day after he pleaded guilty to careless driving charges. Now, police in Tennessee say Britt is wanted with two outstanding warrants, as he’s accused of making inaccurate statements on his driver’s license application. According to The Tennessean, Britt has now had at least seven brushes with police since he was drafted by the Titans in 2009. Seriously. We don’t deal much with character issues here, but Britt is starting to erase all memories of his emergence as a go-to receiver because there is new off-the-field news revealed almost [...]
There is not a lot of groundbreaking football news, but as players continue to conduct workouts, we will gladly accept any football tidbits we can get. Today, the FG Daily takes you to Foxboro, Detroit, Tampa, Nashville, and more.
Brady organizes workouts… Patriot QB Tom Brady is back in the Boston area this week, so he figured he’d call up his teammates
Tom Brady had his fun, but now it's time to get back to work in Boston.
and organize a workout. ESPNBoston.com reports that Brady, who has been working out on his own in California after undergoing foot surgery in January, is back in Boston for some charity work. With charity work set for the weekend, Brady’s Patriot teammates have joined him, and several players are set for organized workouts today. We’re still waiting to see if the Patriots will add a bigger WR to the mix to replace Randy Moss, but one candidate remains deep threat Brandon Tate, who has had a limited role in two seasons. For now, the Patriot offense will continue to be difficult to predict, as Brady spreads the ball around between Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Aaron Hernandez, and Rob Gronkowski, and RBs Shane Vereen and [...]