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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Cincinnati Bengals Select Tavon Austin

With the twenty-first overall pick in the 2013 Canal Street Chronicles community mock draft, the Cincinnati Bengals (represented by Fan since the Aints) select...


Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Tavon Austin

#1 / Wide Receiver / West Virginia Mountaineers




Ideally, D.J. Fluker would be available and this pick would be easier. Safety is a need but drafting one of the remaining safeties with one of their two second round picks makes more sense for the Bengals than a reach pick here. Running back falls into the same area; any RB picked in the first round will be a bigger reach than Mark Ingram. Alec Ogletree is a logical option at this point but character issues such as his pending DWI will move him down the board. That leaves the best player on the board, Tavon Austin.

Austin is tiny by NFL standards. He's only 5-foot-8 and 174 pounds. Austin is in many ways like Darren Sproles in size and ability. Austin was a running back in high school but was moved to wide receiver at West Virginia, He was named All-Big East for his three starting seasons. In 2012, he led the entire country by gaining 198 all-purpose yards per game. He can change gears and blow by others seemingly at will. He can play any running back or wide receiver position which makes his versatility very valuable.

The Bengals have a decent offense with Andy Dalton throwing to A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is ok at RB. Adding Tavon Austin to the mix makes this offensive much more dangerous and explosive than Eddie Lacy could. In reality, Austin will not fall this far. If he falls to the 15th pick I foresee a Saints/Vikings trade so they can steal Austin from the Rams.

Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2013 CSC Community Draft Section.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Kansas City Chiefs OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M
Hans Petersen 77%
2 Jacksonville Jaguars QB Geno Smith - West Virginia
Dragon Ninja Warrior 48%
3 Oakland Raiders CB Dee Milliner - Alabama
Ralph Malbrough 42%
4 Philadelphia Eagles OT Eric Fisher - Central Mich.
Aburton531 78%
5 Detroit Lions DE Dion Jordan - Oregon
ShadowFlash 50%
6 Cleveland Browns DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah - BYU
Fan since the Aints 54%
7 Arizona Cardinals OT Lane Johnson - Oklahoma
Joseph Williams Stern 94%
8 Buffalo Bills G Chance Warmack - Alabama
aburton531 52%
9 NY Jets S Kenny Vaccaro - Texas
organictallman 33%
10 Tennessee Titans G Jonathan Cooper - UNC
cajuncommando58 67%
11 San Diego Chargers DT Sharrif Floyd - Florida
lostastic 55%
12 Miami Dolphins DT Star Lotulelei- Utah Ralph Malbrough 59%
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Xavier Rhodes - Florida St. jeff.l.b 77%
14 Carolina Panthers CB Desmond Trufant - Washington Stilljreming
15 New Orleans Saints DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo - LSU Dave Cariello
16 St. Louis Rams OLB Jarvis Jones - Georgia caomhin
17 Pittsburgh Steelers WR Cordarrelle Patterson - Tennessee aryanspecial
18 Dallas Cowboys OT D.J. Fluker - Alabama SAINTMANUMIT
19 NY Giants DT Sheldon Richardson - Missouri BlackandGold4ever
20 Chicago Bears ILB Manti Te'o - Notre Dame MobileSaint
21 Cincinnati Bengals WR Tavon Austin - West Virginia Fan since the Aints
22 St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Kevin Held
23 Minnesota Vikings
24 Indianapolis Colts
Legatron Morstead
25 Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)
Fan since the Aints
26 Green Bay Packers
27 Houston Texans
28 Denver Broncos
29 New England Patriots
30 Atlanta Falcons
Dave Choate
31 San Francisco 49ers
32 Baltimore Ravens