Multiple reports today stated that the New York Jets “love” Tavon Austin, and now the NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah is “hearing” that the New York Jets are looking for an “explosive playmaker”. Jeremiah writes that the Jets are looking for speed, and he wonders if the Jets would be interested in trading back to take Cordarrelle Patterson of the Tennessee Volunteers if Tavon Austin of the West Virginia Mountaineers is no longer available.
The AFC East rival Buffalo Bills hold the pick just before the Jets at No. 8, and Tavon Austin is reportedly their No. 1 prospect on the big board. The Bills, however, are clearly looking to trade down, and I think the Jets will be in a position to take Austin with the 13th pick in the draft. Austin isn’t going to last through the top-half of the draft, and he actually has a shot at landing in the top ten. Drafting Austin would make a lot of sense for the Jets, because they really could use a true playmaker on offense (they don’t really have one at this moment in time).
The Jets would be wise to take Barkevious Mingo, Star Lotulelei, or another top defensive player with the ninth pick, but they also need to target a playmaker at the wide receiver position. The Jets could definitely trade down, and Jeremiah has done an excellent job covering the 2013 NFL Draft. I agree with Jeremiah that trading down to get Patterson would also be a very good option for the Jets, but he is like Stephen Hill in that he is another raw receiver. But Patterson is better now than Hill was coming out of college, but I’m sure the Jets would rather take Austin than trade down for Patterson. Unless, of course, they would rather trade down and build talent. The Jets could also take a wide receiver later on the in the draft, and there are several directions the Jets can go.
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