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New England Patriots select Tavon Austin in FanSided's 2013 NFL Mock Draft

Last week, the FanSided.com 2013 NFL Mock Draft had the New England Patriots selecting Florida Gators safety Matt Elam. While that isn’t a bad choice, I agree more with the Pats selection at No. 28 in this week’s edition. The Patriots, according to Josh Sanchez, will select West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin.

You can read the full mock draft here.

Sanchez cites Bill Belichick’s love for players like Austin, and he believes that Austin would give the Pats “a deep threat they currently lack”.

With Julian Edelman and Wes Welker both set to hit the free agent market, it makes sense for the Patriots to select a slot wide receiver just in case. Scouts have compared Austin to Percy Harvin due to Austin’s explosiveness and agility. He runs some nice slot routes for the Mountaineers and is a terrific target for Geno Smith.

At #28, Austin fits the best-player-available mentality that the Pats should be looking at given the lack of a glaring weakness on this team. DT is probably the biggest need at this point, so UNC’s Sylvester Williams would also be a solid choice.

I love reading the stuff at NE Pats Draft, and they have touted Austin as the best pick for the Pats to make in the 2013 NFL Draft. I agree with them, and I agree with this week’s FS.com 2013 NFL Mock Draft for having the New England Patriots selecting Tavon Austin. He will give this team an incredible amount of big-play ability and maybe some insurance in case the Pats can’t lock up both Edelman and Welker (which is unlikely, anyway, given the money tied up in the star TEs).

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