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Five best 2016 NFL Draft bargain picks: AFC South


Grades are in for all 32 teams in the NFL draft, but which picks will turn out to be the biggest values for each team? This week, College Football 24/7 is taking a look at the five best bargains in each division, concluding today with the AFC South and NFC South teams:

AFC South

DL Hassan Ridgeway, Indianapolis Colts

Drafted: 4th round (116th overall)
Why he's a bargain: Indianapolis invested well here, taking a potential impact interior defender who can close two gaps against the run or hold his own against a double team. It's an area Indianapolis needed to address, with the NFL's 25th-ranked defense against the run last year. Ridgeway probably needs another year of development and made a surprising decision to join a deep pool of defensive tackles in this draft class. Still, the Colts could have a special player on their hands in time.

LB Myles Jack, Jacksonville Jaguars

Drafted: 2nd round (36th overall)
Why he's a bargain: This is an easy one. Health concerns aside, the Jaguars essentially picked up two top-10 talents when they added Jack in Round 2 and first-round pick Jalen Ramsey. Jack will bring three-down ability to a defense that underwent a major offseason facelift. If long-term concerns about his knee prevent him from playing beyond his rookie contract, he can still be a second-round bargain. If they don't, he could be a true steal.

LB Aaron Wallace, Tennessee Titans

Drafted: 7th round (222nd overall)
Why he's a bargain: The former UCLA linebacker ran a 4.57-second 40-yard dash and turned in a 10-foot-10 broad jump at his pro-day workout, so there is no arguing the athleticism Tennessee added with such a late pick. He was a late bloomer in college, starting for only one season, but showed plenty of upside in the small sample size. His father of the same name, who came out of Texas A&M, played eight seasons in the NFL with the Raiders.

WR Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee Titans

Drafted: 5th round (140th overall)
Why he's a bargain: Draft buzz on Sharpe was audible as far back as the East-West Shrine Game. Few receivers in the draft matched his two-year production at UMass, where he followed an 85-1,281-7 season in 2014 with a 111-1,319-5 campaign last year. While he's not very effective after the catch, his route-running is a major plus and he's going to a team in need of more weapons for QB Marcus Mariota.

WR Braxton Miller, Houston Texans

Drafted: 3rd round (85th overall)
Why he's a bargain: As an athlete, Miller had first-round traits. As a football player only one year into a position switch to wide receiver, the first round was definitely out of his reach. As a third-round pick, however, there was too much value in the former two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year for the Texans to pass on. He posted pedestrian production last year in his first season at the position, but Ohio State's passing game struggled to get the ball in his hands more than he struggled to get open. He could also bring a dynamic presence to Houston's return game.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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