Wave Goodbye To Tavon AustinApril 3rd, 2013
Joe noticed during the last two weeks that Bucs fans, seemingly out of nowhere, began pounding the drum to draft West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin.
Then Joe found out the genesis of this nonsense: it was another Todd McShay throw-feces-against-the-wall-without-any-research mock draft.
Austin was never going to happen, and now that the Bucs signed two receivers to compete with Tiquan Underwood for a slot position, Kevin Ogletree and, yesterday, ex-Giants Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith, that pretty much cements that this silly notion of the Bucs drafting Austin at No. 13 is dead.
Joe just doesn’t understand how thinking Bucs fans could ever come to the misguided conclusion that Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik would draft Austin at No. 13. To do so would mean someone would have to sit.
So you’re Bucs coach Greg Schiano, who do you sit, Vincent Jackson, who the Bucs have a massive investment in, or new daddy Mike Williams, who has evolved into one of the best No. 2 receivers in the NFC? You’d have to sit one because no one with a sober mind would keep a No. 13 pick on the bench.
Go to a three-receiver set? Fat chance. The Bucs use a slot receiver as a part-time player. To scrap this offense means not only would Schiano likely have to jettison offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, but he’d have to limit the touches of one of the best young players in the NFL, the Muscle Hamster, Doug Martin, who by the way Team Glazer also has many, many Benjamins invested in.
Slicing Martin’s workload and scrapping a run-first offense simply makes zero sense.
Oh, and if the Bucs were to go to a three-receiver, pass-happy set, that means quarterback Josh Freeman would have to learn his fourth new offense in five years. Talk about needing a shrink!
The NFL is not a video game or fantasy football. Only Matt Millen drafted guys high in the first round at a position that was already stocked. How’d that turn out for him?
No, Austin is not coming to the Bucs. Never was. But, if so inclined, you may draft him for your fantasy team come August.