Rookie Players to Watch: AFC South
The NFL Draft was almost a month ago and now OTA’s are one week down around the league. Each team has a bunch of rookie players on its roster and they are looking to make an impact in their first year in the league. The Jaguars had a big off-season, signing big name players and are looking to finally be a contender in the AFC South. Houston got their quarterback in Brock Osweiler and want to compete in the playoffs after getting shutout last season. Tennessee found their quarterback in Marcus Mariota last year, but now they added pieces to help him and give him protection. The Colts had issues all over last season, filled with drama and now with players healthy and new faces, they want to be back on top of the division. Let’s see which rookie on each team you need to watch out for in the upcoming season.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie to watch: LB – Myles Jack
Jacksonville to some scouts had the best first and second round picks. They got two first rounders in Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack. The reason they got Jack in the second is because of the tear in his right meniscus that held him to three games last season and limited him at the combine. Jack admitted that he might need micro-fracture surgery that could end his career in a few years. Jack is someone you want to watch because if he plays in 2016 we can see if he turns out to be what he was at UCLA. He ended with 178 tackles, 15 for loss, one sack, four interceptions, 19 pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. If the injury doesn’t affect Jack and he comes back better than ever, he can be a linebacker of the future for Jacksonville and the biggest risk paid off in the NFL.
Houston Texans rookie to watch: WR – Braxton Miller
The Texans needed some weapons for their new quarterback besides DeAndre Hopkins and they took Will Fuller in the first, and decided to add another receiver in Braxton Miller in the third round. Miller is a former quarterback at Ohio State and his senior year at school he converted to wide receiver and did well in the position. Miller had 25 catches for 340 yards and three touchdowns. While these numbers aren’t eye-popping or NFL caliber type of stats, it’s his athleticism is what will help Miller out the most. He is quick and has the ability to jump up high for the big catches, along with his signature spin move, the man can do everything. If he can get better at route running, Miller can be a top three wide receiver on the team and compete for more playing time.
Tennessee Titans rookie to watch: RB – Derrick Henry
Demarco Murray was traded to Tennessee before the draft and it seemed like the position was filled. Tennessee decided they needed a power back to compliment Murray and they went with last year’s Heisman trophy winning running back Derrick Henry. This man had 3,591 yards on 602 carries, 42 touchdowns, 17 catches for 285 yards and three touchdowns in his three years at Alabama. Henry is a huge running back, at 6’3 weighing 242 pounds, he will truck you to keep moving forward. If somehow Murray doesn’t workout, Henry could take over for him, but for now he will be the number two back and many NFL scouts don’t see his type lasting long in the league, look for him to prove them wrong.
Indianapolis Colts rookie to watch: C – Ryan Kelly
The Colts were horrible in the trenches last season. Both the offensive and defensive lines didn’t produce much and had a hard time creating time in the pocket for the quarterback and giving lanes for the running back to run in. Ryan Kelly was the first piece in helping fix the offensive line. Kelly is a three-year starting center at Alabama, winning the Rimington Trophy last season, given to the top center in the NCAA. He was a first team All-American and first team All-SEC. Last year he did not allow a sack and allowed four hurries and out of the 1,012 assignments last year, he only missed eight, making his success rate 99.2 percent. He also only had one penalty and never held an opponent in his college career. Kelly is a solid center and he will help the offensive line impressively and with Andrew Luck back next year, fully healthy, the Colts could be on the rise and competing again for the Lombardi trophy.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/rookie-players-to-watch-afc-south/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/0421552001455832929_filepicker-1.jpg?fit=620%2C270&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/0421552001455832929_filepicker-1.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AFC SouthFootballHouston TexansIndianapolis ColtsJacksonville JaguarsNFLRecent PostsTennessee TitansAFC South,Houston Texans,Indianapolis Colts,Jacksonville Jaguars,NFL,rookie,ryan kelly indianapolis colts,Tennessee TitansThe NFL Draft was almost a month ago and now OTA’s are one week down around the league. Each team has a bunch of rookie players on its roster and they are looking to make an impact in their first year in the league. The Jaguars had a big...Brandon KnappBrandon KnappKnappmb@outlook.comEditorBrandon is a senior at Central Michigan University majoring in Journalism and minoring in Sports Management. He loves the Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Red Wings, Lions, Tigers and Pistons, UFC, WWE and Video Games. Follow him at @BKnappBlogs on Twitter.MyFantasySportsTalk