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ESPN's AFC South's OFFENSIVE Positional Ranking

I've followed Matt Williamson's positional rankings and they seem accurate at this stage:

QUARTERBACKS

1) Colts (Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck) 2) Texans (Matt Schaub, T.J. Yates) 3) Titans (Jake Locker, Ryan Fitzpatrick) 4) Jaguars (Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne)

WHY ARE THE COLTS #1? No surprises here..the Colts simply have the best starting QB in the division, and you only have to look at Luck's Win Probability and Expected Points Added to see how good he truly was (he was a rookie too). Hasselbeck is a an asset as a backup QB and matches the Texan's, Titan's and Jaguar's solid backups. But the presence of Luck, versing the likes of Schaub Locker and Gabbert as the other starters is what separates the Colts from the rest (by quite a margin in my opinion).

RUNNINGBACKS

1) Texans (Arian Foster, Ben Tate) 2) Titans (Chris Johnson, Shonn Greene, Jalen Parmele) 3) Jaguars (Maurice Jones-Drew, Justin Forsett, Denard Robinson) 4) Colts (Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Kerwynn Williams)

WHY ARE THE COLTS #4? The article writes that the Colts nearly overtook Jags. The Colts are fourth though as there are some very good starters and backups in the Texans, Titans and Jaguars (I do think Chris Johnson is still overrated though). Ahmad Bradshaw has some foot concerns, but I think he will definitely manage.

WIDE RECEIVERS

1) Texans (Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, DeVier Posey, Keshawn Martin, Lestar Jean, Alan Bonner) 2) Colts (Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, LaVon Brazill, Griff Whalen) 3) Titans (Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Kevin Walter, Justin Hunter, Damian Williams) 4) Jaguars (Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts, Mohamed Massaquoi, Ace Sanders, Jordan Shipley, Mike Brown)

WHY ARE THE COLTS #2? Williamson really loved the Colts depth, giving it an A. But the Andre Johnson factor (who could be the #1 wideout in the AFC) was enough to make up for the Texan's poor depth. Johnson is by far an away better than any other wideout in the South, so ranking behind Texans in this department isn't all that bad. TY Hilton got a mention for being the best slot wide receiver, and after finishing 17th in Expected Points/Play and 31st in Win Probability Added/Game out of 76 wideouts last year as a rookie, this assumption is agreeable- he just needs to continually improve his drop rate and keep up his touchdown rate from last year to develop into one of the deadly slot receivers in the NFL.

TIGHT ENDS

1) Colts (Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Justice Cunningham) 2) Titans (Delanie Walker, Craig Stevens, Taylor Thompson) 3) Texans (Owen Daniels, Garrett Graham, Ryan Griffin) 4) Jaguars (Marcedes Lewis, Isaiah Stanback)

WHY ARE THE COLTS #1? The Colts have an extremely promising pair of young TE's..that is the easiest way to put it, and the rest of the South cannot match it at this stage.

OFFENSIVE LINE

1) Titans (Michael Roos, Andy Levitre, Fernando Velasco/Brian Schwenke, Chance Warmack, David Stewart) 2) Texans (Duane Brown, Wade Smith, Chris Myers, Brandon Brooks/Ben Jones, Derek Newton/Brennan Williams) 3) Jaguars (Eugene Monroe, Will Rackley, Brad Meester, Uche Nwaneri, Luke Joeckel) 4) Colts (Anthony Castonzo, Donald Thomas/Joe Reitz, Samson Satele/Khaled Holmes, Hugh Thornton/Mike McGlynn, Gosder Cherilus)

WHY ARE THE COLTS #4? This was easily the weakness for the Colt offense last year: 246 sack yards (5th most), 41 sacks (4th most)and a 36.3% pressure rate (7th most) are numbers way too high for a mobile QB like Luck. The offense line was the biggest blame for this. Yes, the Colts added useful pieces in free agency and the draft, but there are still starting questions and the revamped offensive line still need time to gel. I don't think Cherilus' knee is as much of a concern as the Williamson thinks- he has still started a wealth of games since being drafted and Colts think he'll be OK.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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