Offseason Moves and Draft Needs: AFC South

Offseason Moves and Draft Needs: AFC South

By Matt Williamson (Matt Williamson), last update Apr 19, 2019

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Matt Williamson began his football career as the Recruiting Assistant at the University of Pittsburgh, helping recruit such players as Larry Fitzgerald, Joe Flacco and Darrelle Revis while appearing in three straight bowl games from 2001 to 2003. From there, Matt moved on to become the Director of Football Operations at the University of Akron and was quickly hired as a scout for the Cleveland Browns. After Williamson’s time in the NFL, he was an NFL Analyst for ESPN for 10 years, focusing on NFL and co-hosting the Football Today podcast. Williamson now works for a multitude of websites doing scouting work for the NFL and fantasy football alike. He is the host of the Locked On NFL Podcast and co-hosts the Dynasty Blueprint with Ryan McDowell. 2019 will mark Williamson’s 19th full time season in the football business.

This is the third article in an eight-part series detailing the biggest offseason moves and where teams still need to fill holes via the NFL Draft. This iteration will focus on the AFC South with a slant toward the impact on dynasty leagues.

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Houston Texans

What Changed

Demaryius Thomas won’t be back, but the Texans did retain Seantrel Henderson and added Matt Kalil at offensive tackle as well as signed Darren Fells. That being said, by no means is Houston secure at tackle or tight end. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a lot of movement with Houston’s offense.

The Impact

Frankly, the impact, much like the “What Changed” section, aren’t all that great here. The Texans must protect DeShaun Watson better, but he also brings some of that upon himself with his style of play and holding the football for so long. With Watson and DeAndre Hopkins, Houston has a nice offensive core in place. But just imagine if the blocking were even league average?

What To Expect

This upcoming draft absolutely has to be about upgrading the offensive line for Houston. Tight end and running back also could be addressed earlier than what some might imagine, so overall, Watson’s offense might be getting a shot in the arm from their rookie class. If you are a Watson believer (which you should be by the way), getting in on the ground floor with incoming rookies and players like Keke Coutee in this offense might be a very wise investment at minimal cost. This also might be the best time to buy Watson for dynasty.

Indianapolis Colts

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