Mocking: Tavon AustinApril 13th, 2013
The only reason Joe is posting this is Joe knows it will make many of his readers’ Saturday, despite the fact Joe thinks the following is absurd and the source of the information is, well, dubious.
ESPN draftnik Todd McShay claims if he were Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik, he would pick West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin at No. 13.
That is, if the Jets don’t procure the No. 13 pick.
“I’m told they love Rhodes and they love [West Virginia receiver] Tavon Austin,’’ McShay said. “If both of those guys are on the board and they don’t get Revis, I don’t know which they’d go with.’’
So, which way would McShay go?
“I would take Tavon,’’ McShay said. “I have Rhodes in the second round, so I’m the wrong guy to ask. I’d much rather get Tavon, who is a playmaker. This draft is deep in cornerbacks. They can come back in the second round and get a good starting cornerback.’’
This is why Joe doesn’t respect mock drafts from McShay and others. This tells Joe that McShay hasn’t studied the Bucs roster nor their offense or hole-filled defense.
So the Bucs are going to draft (and pay) for a No. 13 pick and have him sit on the bench? That’s what would happen. The Bucs don’t employ a three-wide set most of the time. So to justify drafting Austin, he would have to play before Vincent Jackson and/or Mike Williams.
Sure, Sullivan could go three wides, but that means the Bucs would abandon being a run-first offense. This just in: the Bucs have a pretty talented running back in Doug Martin, who they are paying first round cash.
Oh, and do you really trust Josh Freeman to run a three-wide set? Joe’s not convinced Bucs coach Greg Schiano does.
Austin may very well be the next Jerry Rice for all Joe knows, but he does not fit in with the Bucs. Unless you are going to scrap the current offense or get rid of Jackson, Williams or Martin.