With the NFL season getting ever closer but still being so far away now seemed like a good opportunity to predict who would make an All-AFC South offense in 2014, starting with the QB position
QB – Andrew Luck
Luck almost wins this slot by default. The Jaguars are going to be training up rookie Blake Bortles. The Texans seem to be questioning whether in the modern NFL you need a QB and Titan QB Jake Locker cannot be relied on to stay fit.
The only possible reason to question Andrew Luck's place here would be the less than great offensive line in front of him and the less than stellar weapons he has at wide receiver. Then you remember that playoff comeback against the Chiefs and realise there is no contest.
RB – Bishop Sankey
The AFC South isn't stacked with running back talent.
The Colts may be really hoping that 2014 is the season Trent Richardson delivers on his supposed potential, but I really don't see that happening. The Jaguars rushing game doesn't look much stronger and so this leaves us with the choice between Arian Foster at the Texans and Bishop Sankey at the Titans.
Although he is a rookie I'm looking at the Titans offensive line and seeing a unit that should really help get the best out of Bishop Sankey's and the rushing game.
LT - Michael Roos
At 6'7'' and 313 pounds Roos is the prototypical NFL left tackle. Roos is solid in both pass protection and run blocking. He's currently the best left tackle in the AFC South. In the long term Luke Joeckel might surpass Roos but Joeckel is basically still a rookie after getting injured in October last season.
RT - Gosder Cherilus
The options at right tackle are neither great or awful. The Houston Texans are solid at this position. The problem is that it is hard to know whether Derek Newton or Ryan Harris are going to start for the Texans so despite their talent they don't get the nod.
Meanwhile, Austin Pasztor at the Jaguars simply isn't good enough so the choice is between the Colts and the Titans. In Tennessee the options are either Michael Oher or rookie Taylor Lewan. The declining standard of Oher's play means it seems likely that Lewan will either be a starter by week 1 or shortly afterward. He is still a rookie though so it's hard to bank on him having a great season.
This then leaves Gosder Cherilus a solid but unspectacular right tackle. He is highly experienced after six NFL seasons though and he can be relied on clear a path for the
RG - Brandon Brooks
Brooks has been an incredibly solid right guard ever since the Texans drafted him in 2012. Plus as a Texan he doesn't have to face J J Watts and Jadeveon Clowney twice in
a season. That gives him a huge advantage over the rest of the AFC South.
LG – Andy Levitre
Last season Levitre seemed to struggle with the move from Buffalo to Tennessee it's hard to doubt his talent though and he should do better in his second year at the Titans. Even if he doesn't improve much from last season I'd still take Levitre over the rest of the AFC South competition.
C – Brian Schweke
The choice of center comes down to Texan Chris Myers or Titan Brian Schweke. The Jaguars can't have much faith in Mike Brewster after attempting to sign Alex Mack earlier in the offseason. Whilst Khalid Holmes looks like a weak spot on the Colts offensive line.
Although Myers is a two time pro-bowl selection I am going to give Brian Schweke the nod. Schweke is considerably younger than the 32-year-old Myers and is going to be
playing in a really strong looking Titans offensive line.
Tight End – Mercedes Lewis
Hopefully, 2014 will see some improvements in the Jaguars offense. Chad Henne and Blake Bortles should start to throw the ball more accurately and this should allow Mercedes Lewis to start catching some balls. If this happens Lewis has the ability to put together an impressive season. Plus there needs to be at least one Jaguar player.
WR - Andre Johnson
Despite, his quit threats I'm betting that Johnson ends up staying at the Texans. On statistics last season Andre Johnson's 1407 yards made him the seventh best wide receiver in the NFL last season. That he did this with Matt Schaub throwing the ball to him makes me confident that he will still manage perform well with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB.
WR - Hakeem Nicks
Ex-Giant Nicks is a definite upgrade for the Colts at wide receiver. With Andrew Luck throwing him the ball Nicks is perfectly placed to improve on his 896 yards last season if things go to plan he should be pushing a 1,500 yard season.
WR - Kendall Wright
Coming into his third season in the league Kendall Wright rounds out the all-AFC South wide receiver trio. He made over 1,000 yards last season. If the Titan's offensive line can keep Jake Locker fit then Wright could be in for a strong season.
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