The guys over at the FanSided.com main page do a 2013 NFL Mock Draft every week, and I like to go over who they have the New England Patriots selecting each week. In the first mock, the main site had the Patriots selecting Matt Elam. In the second and third drafts, Tavon Austin (great pick) and Barrett Jones (quizzical one there) were chosen by New England.
This week, Josh Sanchez did the mock and once again had the New England Patriots picking West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin in the 2013 NFL Draft. He wrote, “This was the pick in my previous mock draft and I think it is just too good of a fit to pass up again.”
You can check out the full mock here.
Tavon Austin is the best choice for the Patriots next year, because both Julian Edelman and Wes Welker are set to hit free agency. Even if the Patriots are somehow able to keep both of them, drafting Austin would still be a good move for this team. You can never have too many offensive weapons, especially explosive Percy Harvin type players like Austin.
Sanchez added, “ Selecting Austin allows the Patriots to free up money to spend elsewhere by letting Wes Welker leave via free agency instead of opening the check book.”
I think most Pats fans will vehemently disagree with that notion, because the Pats aren’t going to let Welker walk; especially after the year he is having. Austin isn’t close to being as consistent as Welker is, and the Pats need Welker going forward. The Patriots won’t let him leave, because the only way he leaves is if he wants more money than the Pats can afford to give.
Sylvester Williams was selected by the Denver Broncos one pick behind the Patriots in his mock draft, and he is also somebody Pats fans need to watch for going forward.
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