The AFC South was arguably the worst division in football in the 2014 NFL regular season, and that’s evidenced by the division holding 2 of the top 3 selections in the 2015 NFL Draft. With such a horrid collection of team’s making up their division, the Jaguars are assured of having a handful of representatives on the “All-AFC South Team.”
Pro Football Focus just came out with their All-Division teams, and Kevin Connaghan only found room for 4 Jaguars.
"Fullback: Will Ta’ufo’ou (JAX)A strong blocking tight end in a division that didn’t feature the position heavily in 2014, Ta’ufo’ou is the obvious selection here.Defensive Interior – Ends: Sen’Derrick Marks (JAX) and Jurrell Casey (TEN)While neither player is at their best against the run, they have each proven to be extremely disruptive interior pass rushers, combining for 14 sacks and 89 total pressures this season. For Marks it was a bittersweet season, reaching a career-high in sacks before suffering a serious injury in the final week of the season. For as well as Casey played as a 3-4 end, he was arguably less effective than he had been as a tackle in a four-man front, though either way he is a dynamic pass rusher.Linebackers: Geno Hayes (JAX), Telvin Smith (JAX)Hayes enjoyed a terrific final six games in 2014, finding the form of his early years in the league that had made him seem such a promising linebacker for the Buccaneers. Smith was able to show off his excellent athleticism with some big performances, such as his standout game against the Browns in Week 7 when he seemed to be in on every play, the trick for the rookie will be to play that way on a more consistent basis."
Fullback is almost a meaningless position at this point in the NFL, so much so that Connaghan accidentally calls Ta’ufo’ou a tight end.
It’s nice to see Telvin Smith making this list – he closed out the season extremely well, totaling 27 tackles in the last 2 weeks. He actually graded out as the 19th best 4-3 outside linebacker despite his limited snaps early in the season.
Geno Hayes is a bit of a surprise, but he actually graded out as the 12th best 4-3 OLB according to PFF. He’s essentially a 2-down linebacker, but he improved significantly against the run this year.
Marks was the obvious choice here, so we don’t need to talk about him too much. He was one of the best defensive lineman in the entire league. The real shocker here is the absence of guard Brandon Linder. Only Brandon Brooks had a higher PFF grade as a guard in the division, and Linder only misses out because Connaghan inexplicably feels like sticking to the right or left guard designation. It’s silly, but it is what it is. Linder is the biggest snub on this team by far.