2013 NFL Draft: Should the Minnesota Vikings Trade Up to Select Tavon Austin?

By Dan Parzych
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After making a surprise run to the playoffs last season, expectations will be even higher for the Minnesota Vikings heading into next year as they look to come back even stronger. With the 2013 NFL Draft set to take place next week, the Vikings will have plenty of options with two picks in the first round thanks to the trade that sent Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks.

However, should they consider trading up to acquire a talented wide receiver like West Virginia‘s Tavon Austin?

When looking at some of the top wide receivers from this year’s draft class, the argument can be made that Austin will turn out to be the best after a steller career at West Virginia. Not only has Austin proven to be effective in the passing game, but the wideout has proven to cause just as much damage in the ground game as well–which is something Minnesota could always rely on with Harvin.

Austin is the type of player with the potential to make an immediate impact as a rookie and with two first-round picks–it wouldn’t be the worst idea for Minnesota to consider trading up to give them a shot at landing the West Virginia standout. There’s a good chance the Vikings will be strong contenders in the NFC once again in 2013, but with a talented player like Austin in the passing game–they could be an even more dangerous team heading into next season.

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