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New England Patriots Draft Prospects: Tavon Austin, Cordarrelle Patterson

With the NFL Combine in full force, we’ll be breaking down the latest news regarding 2013 NFL Draft prospects who could be New England Patriots targets.

West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin is one of my favorite fits for the Patriots, because he has that explosive ability that the Patriots could really use on offense. If the Patriots cannot come to an agreement with Wes Welker, then Austin’s stock will rise in their eyes. He is a small guy for sure, but Austin is tougher than some people give him credit for being. He also has better hands than some people give him credit for.

Austin checked in at 5’8″ and 1/2, 174 pounds at the Combine, and Austin’s lack of strength is one of his biggest weaknesses. His game is based on his explosive ability and agility, though, so it’s not really a big deal at the end of the day.

Tennessee Volunteers wideout Cordarrelle Patterson was once regularly mocked by draft analysts to the New England Patriots, but his stock as risen so quickly that he is no longer in the Patriots range in most mock drafts. While I am not as high as some people are on Patterson (he isn’t the best WR in the class, no matter what people try to say), his ability after the catch is absolutely remarkable; there might not be anything like it.

Patterson checked in at  6’1 and 7/8 inches and 216 pounds in this year’s Combine, which means that he isn’t quite as tall as some people think. Still, with that ridiculous athletic ability, Patterson will turn heads at this year’s Combine and could be one of the standout performers. He has quite a bit of upside, but he’s not consistent enough as a pure pass-catcher for my liking. I care more about what players do before the catch than after the catch, which is why Keenan Allen is my clear No. 1 guy at WR in this class.

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