More Buzz For Tavon Austin

April 15th, 2013

dominikJimminy Christmas! The Bucs don’t need to invest heavily in another wide receiver, especially when one studies the numerous, high-priority holes on the roster.

But those details won’t stop the buzz around West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin wearing pewter and red.

Olive oil-lappingpopcorn-munchingcoffee-slurpinghomeless-mistaken, fried-chicken-eatingoatmeal-lovingcircle-jerkingbeer-chuggingcricket-watchingscone-loathingcollege football-naïvebaseball-box-score-reading Peter King, of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports told the world today that the Bucs are smitten with Austin.

At 13, Tampa Bay is growing impatient with the Jets on this Darrelle Revis trade. What I’m hearing is the current discussion is first-, third- and fifth-round picks for Revis, though I don’t know which picks are this year and which next. If the Bucs stay put, they love Tavon Austin

Now Joe’s already explained that Austin makes little, if any, sense for the New Schiano Order. There’s only one football to go around, and Josh Freeman has plenty of weapons. And Joe knows Greg Schiano yearns to run the ball more often than he did last season.

26 Responses to “More Buzz For Tavon Austin”

  1. Bobby Says:

    The Bucs will take SHELDON RICHARDSON at 13 if he’s available. He and McCoy would be a force. There is no way we take Austin. Eifert maybe, but not Austin.

  2. stevek Says:


    Tavon Austin makes all the sense in the world.

    He is a dynamic playmaker, stretches the field, and takes this offense to another level.

    Why so hard up for “need”? Your Rock Star GM CHOSE to not see the holes on the roster as “needs”. Why should we have to cave and draft anyone other than the Best Player Available?

    It is a really sad day for Bucs’ Nation to “have to” draft a certain player (of lesser talent), only because our GM decided to not participate in free agency for the postions of dire “need”.

    As Mike Singeltary once said, “Nope, can’t do it, can’t win with that..”

    Our best chance to win is by taking the best player available, not by simply succumbing to a “need” only created by poorly playing the free agent market place.

    Sorry, but BPA should be drafted. It may not be Tavon Austin, but I would surely rather have the next “Percy Harvin”, then the 3rd CB off the board at #13.

  3. Tk Says:

    Claybourne was a lock supposedly last year lol no teams tell who they love just act

  4. BuccFanInHawkeyeCountry Says:

    Smooooke screeeeeen. Weren’t we in love with Claiborne last year, everybody thought we were drafting him. Then “shocked everybody” and took Barron. My memory isn’t the greatest but pretty sure that’s what went down.

  5. WestCoastBucsFan Says:


    You make some valid points on Tavon Austin. (Not so much about Dom but I am not getting into that today).

    I would also like to add that the WR needy “Stinking” Panthers pick immediately after us.

    Would you rather have Tavon line up for us or for them?

  6. bucfanjeff Says:

    Smoke screen.

    Hint, what really hasn’t been talked about that much since early on – DT.
    Everyone talks about Austin, CB, and DE.

    I think the Bucs go DT.

    As far as the “..current discussion is first-, third- and fifth-round picks for Revis” rumors….that just seems like an aweful lot – even for Dominik. Especially if the 1st is this year.

  7. Bucs4life Says:

    What about the fact that Austin is an excellent kick and punt returner and that’s something Schiano has explicitly said he values? Let’s also factor in that Mike Will isn’t locked up for the long term yet…

  8. SoonerinTampa Says:

    I agree…smoke screen. With all the Austin talk…it’s almost a sure bet he won’t be a Buccaneer Man.

  9. Snook Says:

    Since when does this team do anything that makes sense? Not much of what they’ve done this off-season makes any sense. I could totally see them taking Austin. Afterall, defense is irrelevant in the NFL now anyways for the most part. The Saints and Falcons don’t have dominating defenses and they have no problem being contenders on a yearly basis. Hell, the Falcons have NO ONE at CB after Samuel. And he’s an old fart. I don’t see anyone flipping out over there about needing CBs. Their offense will just score more than yours. Too bad they have a QB and we don’t.

  10. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Watch for this scenario in the next few days….the Bucs land a deal to trade up into the top 3-4 this year in the draft (would probably cost us our #3 and one of our #4’s this year). Then they offer a straight up deal to the Jets, Revis and the Jets #2 pick for this years #1 pick and a #3, #5 next year. If the Jets take the deal They will have 2 of the top 9 picks this year and could get Milliner (to replace Revis) and Geno smith (to replace Sanchez) 2 more picks for next year to rebuild with. IF the Jets don’t go for the deal, the Bucs get Milliner in the draft (a huge upgrade to our squad), get the best available DT in round #2, sign Clabo at RT, bring back Dallas Clark for one more year, and use the money they saved to extend Mike Williams and maybe Freeman.

  11. Snook Says:

    I actually hope Dom drafts Austin and then trades back into the 1st to take Eifert. That way, he won’t be around Tampa in 2014.

    Taking any player from Notre Dame in the first round is only something an idiot does. Its 2013. Not 1993.

  12. HFXBUC Says:

    AUSTIN! AUSTIN! AUSTIN! More points means more wins. No need to take a DB in the first when Logan Ryan, a hand picked Buccaneer man, is going to be available in the 2nd.

    There are a ton of good DBs in his draft but no elite guys. Even Millner isn’t regarded as elite, merely the best/safest of a really good deep class.

  13. Jacko101 Says:

    Dom Looks stupid and just made out organization look desperate way to go, getting played by a first year GM what a shame. How about you save your face and job and try doing your job and getting players NOW.

  14. BigMacAttack Says:

    I’m still thinking DT too, if the Bucs keep the pick at 13. But no way on God’s green earth will they pick Austin. It just isn’t going to happen. If Austin is truly elite, he will get drafted before the Bucs are on the clock anyway. I don’t see it. maybe the Pats move up and take him.

  15. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Oh yes, and to be clear, I would prefer us NOT take Austin, it just makes some sense if they do. Im all for a DT and I am not really interested in a corner not named Miliner in the first round.

    I guess we could hope that Austin gets drafted well before us. That way the Panthers don’t get him and another good player would end up dropping down because of it. I have seen a few mocks out right now having Austin possibly going in the top ten.

  16. astrobuc Says:

    Austin is NOT a Percy Harvin clone. He is more of a Dexter McCluster clone. Anyone want that at 13?

  17. James Says:

    Whilst I feel we have bigger needs than WR at #13, I can see the logic of valuing a slot WR.

    Everyone is banging the drum for a stud TE, but as far as I’m aware Sullivan’s offense doesn’t really feature or put a premium on the TE position. If that is indeed the case, then a quality slot WR could provide the #3/inside option for Freeman instead.

  18. Tiny Tim Says:

    I didn’t know that having two good WR’s and a one stud running back meant Josh had plenty of toys. Look at Peyton’s time in Indy. Every year they drafted an offensive talent high because they wanted “many” weapons around him. And you better believe they will do the same for Andrew Luck. Look at how the falcons continue to add around Matty Ice.

    Maybe the only reason the bucs didn’t run more 3 WR’s sets was because they were not as satisfied with the third WR. Austin would change that. You don’t need to run out of a two TE set in order to be considered a running team. Running Martin out of a three WR set would give him more lanes to choose from. Picking Austin does make a lot of sense. Stop writing that it makes no sense. Whether or not the bucs draft him is a different story.

  19. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    So let me get this straight, it makes no sense to draft a guy that can immediately help on offense, punt and kick returns, and add a dynamic that we haven’t really ever had, yet it makes perfect sense to draft at a position like DT which typically takes 3 years to be a contributor??? And your reasoning is that Freeman already has weapons? Wonder why that doesn’t stop NO, SF, and GB from getting more weapons. Yeah, let’s chastise people for thinking that perhaps Underwood isn’t the answer, and we could actually use someone who can take it to the house on any given play. I’m sure spending an early pick on another DT is the answer. You’ve got it all figured out.

  20. stevek Says:

    Pick BPA, needs are needs and they should have been addressed in free agency.

    May the best player available be a Buc with each draft pick.

  21. Architek Says:

    Whatever you do – DO NOT base this draft around Free-man (2014). Do not make decisioning for him as he is and will be inconsistent.

    If we want an explosive offense Eifert or Austin could do that but not because we want Free-man to succeed. It has be the plan – value driven decision.

  22. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    Defensive line and O-line are going to dominate the top of the draft, its highly unlikely a defensive player will be the BPA when its our pick. Rhodes is not worth a 13, he isnt anything special. Whats so wrong about upgrading our offense? Josh is going to need all the help he can get. Personally I’m sick of seeing us draft defense 1st round almost every year. It’s about time we add some speed and versatility! Austin or Eifert!

  23. Braheem Says:


    Stop Fighting it! Warm Up to the Idea and LET IT GO!!!


  24. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I do realize that Joe is just stirring the pot.

  25. Pete 422 Says:

    A WR at #13? I doubt it, but if they did he better make a huge impact.

  26. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Anyone you pick at #13 better make a huge impact. I don’t care what position. That’s the whole point in having a high pick, isn’t it?