All-time draft classes for AFC South teams

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>ESPN Stats & Information has selected the best draft class for&nbsp; every team in the league and has them squaring off <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/chat/sportsnation/story?id=4028254" target="_blank">tournament-style</a> in a poll. Argue with the draft classes and rankings all you like, but they were selected using <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4008442" target="_blank">this formula</a>.</p> <p>Thus, Bruce Matthews' 14 Pro Bowls just about single-handedly make his Houston Oilers draft class rank as the best in the Titans' franchise history.</p> <p>Here's a rundown of how the AFC South fares in the initial field of 32 and an opportunity to vote in a poll pitting them against another seed:</p> <p>The <strong><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ten" target="_new">Tennessee Titans</a></strong> earned <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/insider/news/story?id=4017756" target="_blank">the 15th seed</a> based on their 1983 draft as the Houston Oilers, where Matthews became a Hall of Famer and <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=6860" target="_new">Jeff Bostic</a> chipped in with one Pro Bowl appearance.</p> <p>The <strong><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ind" target="_new">Indianapolis Colts</a></strong> earned <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/insider/news/story?id=4017427" target="_blank">the No. 18 seed</a> based on their 1969 draft as the <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=bal" target="_new">Baltimore Colts</a>, where linebacker Ted Hendricks went on to be part of four Super Bowl winners and receiver Eddie Hinton and running back Sam Havrilak factored in.</p> <p>The <strong><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=jac" target="_new">Jacksonville Jaguars</a></strong> earned <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/insider/news/story?id=4008611" target="_blank">the 31st seed</a> based on their 1995 draft headlined by offensive tackle <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=752" target="_new">Tony Boselli</a> and also including quarterback <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=789" target="_new">Rob Johnson</a>.</p> <p>The <strong><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=hou" target="_new">Houston Texans</a></strong> earned <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/insider/news/story?id=4008044" target="_blank">the 32nd and final seed</a> based on their 2006 draft which already includes three Pro Bowlers: defensive end <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9587" target="_new">Mario Williams</a>, linebacker <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9619" target="_new">DeMeco Ryans</a> and tight end <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9684" target="_new">Owen Daniels</a>. (Seems like a group with potential to rank much higher in another five or six years.)</p>

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