2013 NFL Draft: Tavon Austin to visit San Francisco 49ers
It’s not like the San Francisco 49ers need any more wide receivers, right?
Even though they spent a first-round pick on pass-catcher A.J. Jenkins in 2012, the 49ers appear to be weighing their options for drafting yet another wide receiver this upcoming April. San Francisco put on the full-court press for Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton and now are reportedly ready to visit with West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin.
The only problem with this potential coupling is that Austin will easily be off the board before the 49ers are on the clock at No. 31. With their boatload of picks this upcoming April, though, the 49ers could potentially put together a package to move up and snag the electrifying wide receiver.
If the 49ers were to reel in Austin, they would easily have one of the best wide receiver corps in the NFL. Currently starring Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, adding Austin to the mix would give them a dynamic trio that opposing secondaries would be hard-pressed to slow down. Even though he fits best as a slot receiver – the role that Crabtree currently holds – the 49ers shouldn’t have too much trouble finding snaps for both.
The 49ers are ready to do whatever it takes to surround quarterback Colin Kaepernick with as much talent as possible. If that means spending another first-round pick on a wide receiver, then so be it.
Austin is arguably the most electrifying wide receiver in the 2013 draft class. With him in the mix, the 49ers’ passing attack could evolve into one of the most dangerous in the NFL.
First, San Francisco and GM Trent Baalke have to figure out if trading up to get him is worth what the move will cost them.