Tavon Austin Would Be Perfect Draft Pick For Minnesota Vikings

By Andy Schmidt
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft is just two weeks away, and teams are deciding who they want to go get to improve their roster. The Minnesota Vikings have a huge need at the wide receiver position after trading Percy Harvin away, and that should prompt the team to draft Tavon Austin with their first pick.

Austin may not be the tallest guy out there, but he is very similar to Harvin in what he can do. The Minnesota offense was clicking when Harvin was in there along with the career-year from Adrian Peterson. Austin would be the perfect piece to stick into Harvin’s old place.

The Vikings won their last four games even without Harvin in the lineup as they depended on Peterson a ton. Peterson isn’t going to rush for 2,097 yards again this season, so the passing game must be better.

Christian Ponder has proven he is more of a game-manager, and the short routes or bubble screens work best for him. Austin would be the guy you want for that job at just six foot tall and with 4.34 speed. Austin had 114 catches last season to finish his college career, so he is used to a ton of work.

Minnesota could easily find themselves back in the playoffs in 2013 with the selection of Austin. It seems too easy if he does fall down to Minnesota’s pick at No. 23.

The Vikings obviously have other needs, but this is the biggest one the team has going into 2013 to improve their pass offense.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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