According to NFL‘s Ian Rapoport, Tavon Austin has added Cincinnati to his ever growing list of cities to visit over the next week or so. This comes as no surprise to most as in late March, the Cincinnati Bengals also held their first publicly known private workout with the West Virginia Mountaineers receiver. Although this would seem to some like he would be a serious contender for the Bengals number one spot, the fact of the matter is that each team is allowed to host 30 prospects a year, so bringing him in could all just ploy, and in the unlikely event that the Bengals are seriously considering him, they still will most likely not take him.
Why the Bengals will not draft Tavon Austin
There really is only one main reason that the receiver won’t be drafted by the Bengals and it has nothing to do with him. In just three years, Austin put up 7,286 all-purpose yards which has to be some kind of record, along with 39 touchdowns. As well as making the All-American team in both 2011 and 2012, he was also the Big East Special Teams Player of the Year both years. As well as a 32 vertical leap at the NFL Scouting Combine, Austin also ran a blistering 4.34 40-yard dash, one of the fastest on the day.
For all of these reasons and more, Austin will definitely be considered one of the top prospects in this year’s NFL Draft, but the Bengals cannot and will not pick him up. At the end of the day, there are too many spots that they could better fill with their number one pick. Outside Linebacker is still calling Alec Ogletree, if the Bengals decide that’s they way to go. Not to Mention, the absolute necessity for the Bengals is to find themselves a new safety. Whether the Bengals decide to wait for Matt Elam or Jonathan Cyprien to fall to them or whether they decide to jump down the draft ladder to reach Kenny Vaccaro is a different story, but this is likely to be the number one option for them with the pick.
The other option that the Bengals have been looking into, and so far is my favorite option, is drafting Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert in the number one spot. This would be a great choice as not only will they have an excellent blocker, but it could lead to the implementation of the two tight end offense, which in my opinion is the key to the Bengals Super Bowl hopes over the next few seasons.
Likelihood of Austin being drafted by the Bengals
It’s still all speculation at the moment, and so far writers and analysts have narrowed the Bengals down to about five players, one of them being Austin, of course, but the way I see it, there is about a 5 percent chance of him being drafted with the 21st pick.