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NASHVILLE , Tenn. (AP) — The popular pick to win the AFC South all offseason has been Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. The ever-changing diagnosis for his strained left calf and ankle is dredging up bad memories of 2017, when his recovery from shoulder surgery kept him out all season.And dampened the soaring expectations for a team coming off its first playoff berth in four seasons.Colts general manager Chris Ballard insists this is not 2017 all over again.“When I came in the door, one of the things we talked about was building a team and it wasn’t all going to be about one guy,” Ballard said. “I understand the importance of Andrew Luck. Look, he’s a top-five quarterback in the league, but we have another guy we like. So we’ll treat it and we’ll move forward and we’ll deal with whatever we have to deal with going forward.”Ballard has backup Jacoby Brissett and bulked up his roster. But Luck is the four-time Pro Bowler and 2018 Comeback Player of the Year who makes Indianapolis a top bet not only in the AFC South but to win the conference. Questions over whether Luck will be ready Sept. 8 against the Los Angeles Chargers opens the door wide open in the only division in the NFL featuring three teams with winning records in 2018.Defending AFC South champ Houston has Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins along with J.J. Watt back healthy and in his prime. The Titans lost their playoff spot to the Colts in the regular-season finale with Marcus Mariota out, and they protected themselves by upgrading their backup spot. Even Jacksonville has high hopes with Nick Foles now at quarterback; the Jags are coming off a miserable 5-11 season after playing in the AFC championship game in 2017.Some things to know about the AFC South:HIGH EXPECTATIONSBallard does have a much stronger supporting cast than in 2017. Even if Luck isn’t ready immediately, the Colts can lean on second-year coach Frank Reich and an improved Brissett, who started the final 15 games in 2017. All-Pro guard Quenton Nelso n solidified an offensive line that allowed the NFL’s fewest sacks (18) . The Colts have two Pro Bowl tight ends in Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle , a Pro Bowl receiver in T.Y. Hilton, and running back Marlon Mack Jabaal Sheard Jersey , who nearly cracked the 1,000-yard mark despite missing four games.All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard led the league in tackles as a rookie, and a secondary that has long been a weakness now appears to be a strength. Both Nelson and Leonard achieved such status as rookies.DEFENDING CHAMPSThe Texans are without a general manager while coach Bill O’Brien works to improve an 11-6 record and find a way to win in the postseason after Indianapolis beat Houston on its own field. The Texans still are trying to figure out the best offensive line to protect Watson after giving up the most sacks in the NFL (62). They’re leaning on left tackle Matt Kalil, who sat out 2018 recovering from a knee injury, hope right tackle Seantrel Henderson has recovered from his broken ankle in the 2018 opener, and have high hopes for versatile lineman Tytus Howard — their first-round draft pick.Hopkins is coming off a career-best 1,572 yards receiving, second best in the NFL. Watt often looked like a three-time Defensive Player of the Year last season, but the Texans are still waiting to see when defensive end Jadeveon Clowney shows up to work under his franchise tag. The Texans also revamped half their starting secondary after losing safety Tyrann Mathieuand Kareem Jackson to free agency.TITANS‘ TIMETennessee has surrounded Mariota with the most offensive talent he has had since being drafted No. 2 overall in 2015, but the Titans are letting him earn a contract extension after missing three starts in 2018. With three straight 9-7 seasons, the Titans are tied for fifth best in the NFL in that stretch Pierre Desir Color Rush Jersey , but with only one playoff berth to show for it . They want much more after signing wide receiver Adam Humphries and left guard Rodger Saffold in free agency and drafting receiver A.J. Brown.Mariota is among at least 14 Titans , including seven starters, in the final year of their deals. They also have coordinator Dean Pees back for a second season with a unit that was the NFL’s third-stingiest scoring defense.FOLES TO RESCUEThe Jaguars believe signing the MVP of the 2018 Super Bowl is the key to fixing a team that finished last in the AFC South for the second time in three years — most recently just months after playing for the AFC championship. They gave Foles a four-year, $88 million contract with $50.125 million guaranteed and paired him with former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as his coordinator. If they get the quarterback who won four playoff games for Philadelphia over the past two seasons, that could be enough to revive the Jaguars with their strong defense.They also need running back Leonard Fournette to return to form in a make-or-break season, and left tackle Cam Robinson to heal up quickly after starting camp on the physically unable to perform list.PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISHColts, Titans, Texans, Jaguars. What do pundits around the draft world think of the Indianapolis Colts’ 2019 draft haul?" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesStampede Blue homepageHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityFollow Stampede Blue online:Follow Stampede Blue on TwitterFollow Stampede Blue on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchStampede Blue main menuFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Breaking NewsAndrew Luck Retires×Indianapolis Colts Draft GradesNew,66commentsWhat do pundits around the draft world think of the Indianapolis Colts’ 2019 draft haul?EDTThe 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone, and we are now doomed to an incalculable amount of days until the return of football. That doesn’t mean the analysis is over , however.After the draft wraps up, experts around the internet love to hand their report cards out to teams around the league, even if GMs can’t be bothered to look at them, or care about them in any way.Arguments can be made as to whether or not this practice is a useful way to spend resources and time, or if it is a fruitless effort that can only make you look silly down the road (see: Darius Leonard’s post-draft grades from last year).Regardless, they are out there and it’s our job to read them and allow the comments section to light ablaze with ridicule of the thoughts and opinions that the national media put out there.Let’s not delay any longer, here are some of the grades that the Indianapolis Colts’ have received for their 2019 draft haul:<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="3dIxk4">Peter Prisco — CBS SportsGrade: B-Best Pick: Parris CampbellWorst Pick: Ben BanoguGrader’s Analysis: Prisco applauds Ballard’s manipulation of draft picks, as he was able to obtain 10 of them. Specifically, he is a big fan of Campbell and posits that Rock Ya-Sin will be a solid starter for the horseshoe.Andy Benoit — Sports IllustratedGrade: BGrader’s Analysis: Benoit likes that the Colts have been going defense heavy since GM Chris Ballard came aboard. He believes Parris Campbell and Rock Ya-Sin will contribute quickly.Mel Kiper — ESPNGrade: AGrader’s Analysis: Kiper calls this his favorite draft class in the league.Kristopher Knox — Bleacher ReportGrade: A-Best pick: Rock Ya-SinGrader’s analysis: Knox asserts that adding Parris Campbell to the receiving room was a brilliant move, and that Ya-Sin has the potential to be a Day 1 starter.Dane Brugler — The AthleticRanking: 16thBest Pick: Parris CampbellWorst Pick: Ben BanoguGrader’s analysis: Brugler sees the upside with Banogu, but points out that the pick was a little high for his taste. He feels Campbell has the capacity to become an all-around receiver that can line up anywhere on the field.Mark Maske — Washington PostGrade: B+Grader’s analysis: Maske doesn’t sugar coat it; Ballard has earned the benefit of the doubt after last year’s draft class. Maske feels that trading out of the first round and selecting Ya-Sin Anthony Castonzo Jersey , Banogu and Campbell were shrewd moves by the GM.Nate Davis — USA TodayGrade: B+Grader’s analysis: Davis really enjoys the prowess that Ballard displayed by obtaining three 2nd round picks. He noted that the Khari Willis pick is a secretly impressive move by Ballard, especially when he can pair with Malik Hooker at safety.Evan Silva — RotoworldGrade: AGrader’s analysis: Silva was fawning over the expertise that Ballard’s mind possesses. He most notably singled out Okereke as a poor man’s K.J. Wright, proclaimed Banogu as the most athletic edge-rusher in the draft class and called Marvell Tell a freakshow with press-cornerback capabilities. Pro Football FocusGrade: AverageGrader’s analysis: PFF might be the only football site that isn’t impressed with the selection of Parris Campbell, as they fear his run after catch ability is replaceable compared to intermediate and deep route running (a short-sighted opinion). Ya-Sin is a solid selection, in their eyes, and Banogu didn’t rank highly due to him being a raw prospect, but their team recognizes that he has sky-high potential.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="e8yHqb">ConclusionAverage letter grade: BNote: Brugler and PFF’s grades were assigned a C, as they were both middle of the pack assessments.

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