2013 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers Should Strongly Consider Tavon Austin

By Dan Parzych
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With the 2013 NFL Draft just a few weeks away, many believe West Virginia‘s Tavon Austin should be considered the best wide receiver in this year’s class and while only time will tell–he may end up being right with the potential he’s shown so far. There are numerous teams that could use help at the wide receiver position, but there’s one team that needs to do whatever it takes to land him in the first round–the Carolina Panthers.

There’s no telling how many more effective years Steve Smith has left in him and with an up-and-coming quarterback on the rise in Cam Newton, the Panthers are going to need to provide him with some more weapons at some point. They may have a few potential young wide receivers at the moment who could become Newton’s favorite targets over the next couple of years, but whether or not any of these players could handle being a No. 1 wide receiver is a different story.

As for Austin–he certainly has the potential to fill that role.

During his senior season, Austin caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns to go along with 643 rushing yards and three touchdowns–which is impressive for just about any player trying to make it in the NFL. The addition of Austin would give Carolina another offensive weapon that would be nothing but a nightmare for opposing defenses, so if he’s available when they’re on the clock–they should strongly consider drafting Austin for the 2013 season.

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