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Outrageously Premature Predictions: AFC South

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Continuing on with our series of predictions, we turn our attention to the teams of the AFC South. Here we have two teams that are mediocre at best, one that is up-and-coming and one that has been a consistent playoff contender for a few years. As always, the teams are arranged in order of how I have them finishing in their division, starting with first place. I'm about as anxious as a chihuahua in a Taco Bell to get started so here we go.

Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins will be the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Yes, this award usually goes to a quarterback, but honestly there aren't any this year that are worthy. Perhaps a running back like Montee Ball could compete for the award, but my gut has it going to a wide out and Hopkins is the one. He is talented enough to get the stats, first of all. Secondly, he's on a team that has a great running game as well as a legit #1 WR already established. If he can build a rapport with Schaub quickly, he could put up some serious numbers.

Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck will have a better year statistically than last year. Sophomore slump be damned! The teams that face the Colts will be the luck-y (yeah, I know...) ones if they are able to stop the 2nd year QB who was conveniently there for the Colts to pick the very same year that they let Peyton Manning go. Just sayin. He has one more year of practicing with his young offense, getting more comfortable with the speed of the game, and oh yeah, he's also got his OC from Stanford whispering sweet nothings into his ear. As good as he was as a rookie, this guy will be even better next year.

Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker will prove that he was not worth the 8th overall pick and will not be with the team after this year. In his 11 games as a starter over 2 years, he's amassed 2,176 yards for an average of 198 yards per game. He had more interceptions than touchdowns in 2012 (10 and 11, respectively), and had just above a 56% completion rate. Those numbers aren't exactly what you're looking for from the 8th overall pick in the draft. With multiple quarterbacks coming out in the draft next year, I could easily see the Titans using their first pick on one of them and cutting bait with Locker.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars will have a very high pick next year, and they will use it on a quarterback. Whether it be Bridgewater, Boyd, or Manziel, the Jaguars will have a shiny new quarterback leading their team after next year's draft. When your best quarterback is Chad Henne, you know you have some issues. It's not like the rest of their team is bursting with talent, but when you've got needs everywhere, quarterback is a good place to start.

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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