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Jets would have taken Tavon Austin if he was available

Austin from West Virginia University stands with NFL Commissioner Goodell after being selected by St. Louis Rams as eighth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft in New York Reuters

In the days leading up to the draft, there was a lot of talk about the Jets’ interest in wide receiver Tavon Austin.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, that was no smokescreen. Mehta reports the Jets would have taken Austin if he had been on the board with the ninth overall pick, but went with cornerback Dee Milliner instead after the Rams traded up to the eighth spot to nab the West Virginia product. The trade made the Jets’ interest a moot point while also confirming the Rams did exactly what they needed to do to get the player they wanted on Thursday night.

The Jets could have tried to trade up to assure themselves a chance at drafting Austin, but that might not have been the wisest course of action for a team with a need for as much young talent as possible right now. The only way to judge whether or not that was the right decision will be to see how things play out over the next few years.

Milliner and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson joined Austin and guard Chance Warmack as the top four players on the Jets’ board. Warmack went 10th overall to the Titans before the Jets nabbed Richardson with the 13th pick.

Plenty of people were surprised that the Jets didn’t try to help their dismal offense with either of their first round picks, but the offensive help could be coming on Friday. Mehta reports the Jets will “take a good, hard look” at quarterback Geno Smith, Austin’s college teammate, and that they are also interested in Alabama center Barrett Jones. With Nick Mangold already on the roster, Jones would likely be moved to guard if he wound up with the Jets. The Jets are slated to pick 39th and 72nd on Friday.

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25 Responses to “Jets would have taken Tavon Austin if he was available”
  1. drgfri says: Apr 26, 2013 10:50 AM

    Rex must be beside himself to lose a shot at those gorgeous feet

  2. green41563 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:51 AM

    If this is true, then I’m just glad he wasn’t available.

  3. floratiotime says: Apr 26, 2013 10:52 AM

    Way to make the guy you DID pick feel great about himself. Works great with girlfriends too. “Yeah, I would have gone out with someone else … but they already had a date.” Brilliant.

  4. mobuccsfan says: Apr 26, 2013 11:01 AM

    @floratiotime

    Exactly!

    And also, what would of been the point? Sanchez is still the QB. I just don’t think he is all that good. I think USC QBs don’t pan out well–hence why it is buyer beware on whomever drafts Barkley. He would be best to sit behind whomever and try to get better and totally healthy before being thrown into action. Even then, I think his ceiling could be that of the Carson Palmer variety. Sadly, he is about the best QB that I can recall in a long time to come from USC and that’s not saying much. He is good enough to win some games, get in the playoffs a few times but not go the distance and will make too many dumb mistakes/turnovers, etc and just be good but not great.

  5. j0ey15 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:05 AM

    Barrett Jones would be a nice pick can play all O line positions

  6. mumfio says: Apr 26, 2013 11:13 AM

    plenty of good offensive talent available in the next few rounds at QB,RB,TE & WR. The 2nd round will have many more skill players drafted.

  7. vincentbojackson says: Apr 26, 2013 11:18 AM

    Would have been a good fit for Sanchez. Austin excels at catching one-hoppers.

  8. scoops1 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:20 AM

    The Jets would have took Warren Sapp if he was available too……

    oh wait nevermind

  9. altoon88 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:26 AM

    Austin would have been great to have, but a stupid 1st pick when we already have Kerley and that is not one of the many holes we need to fill.

  10. jrazz22 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:27 AM

    He would’ve been good to pad Sanchez stat sheet with those dump off “passes” like Geno did.

  11. hehateme2 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:38 AM

    I just think this kid is going to get pounded. Will he hold up?

  12. marvsleezy says: Apr 26, 2013 11:38 AM

    Give Buffalo credit for knowing the Jets wanted him and putting the screws to a divisional rival – Thats no accident.

  13. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 26, 2013 11:39 AM

    Who’s the kid standing next to Goodell?

  14. listerineman says: Apr 26, 2013 11:40 AM

    the jets fans that think milliner is better then austin are out of their minds. austin is a beast. hes the slot machine. milliner is injury prone average player. he wasnt even the best cb in the draft. atlanta did well in getting trufont.

  15. ItIsWhatitis says: Apr 26, 2013 11:47 AM

    I dont know who’s first round was worse, Oakland, Buffalo, or the Jets. All terrible.

  16. kgun80 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:48 AM

    Getting an extra second round pick and screwing the Jets.. Priceless

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 26, 2013 11:52 AM

    The Lions needed to trade with the Jets. They could have still got Ansah at 8 or there were other good choices.

  18. lrjets says: Apr 26, 2013 11:54 AM

    drgfri says:Apr 26, 2013 10:50 AM

    Rex must be beside himself to lose a shot at those gorgeous feet

    Sounds to me you have an interest in feet as well.
    Albeit men’s.

  19. mobuccsfan says: Apr 26, 2013 12:14 PM

    I don’t think Oakland’s was all that bad. Should they have maybe gotten another pick in the trade with Miami–absolutely. Do I think this Hayden kid will be pretty good–you bet. A little bit of a reach still? Possibly but they got the player they wanted and that they think will help their team. I think he helps them too–maybe not immediately but by year two or three for sure.

  20. lrjets says: Apr 26, 2013 12:19 PM

    marvsleezy says:Apr 26, 2013 11:38 AM

    Give Buffalo credit for knowing the Jets wanted him and putting the screws to a divisional rival – Thats no accident.

    Was it an accident Buffalo picked at #16 a QB slated for late second or third round??

  21. j0esixpack says: Apr 26, 2013 12:52 PM

    The Jets certainly have a way of instilling confidence in their rookies.

    With Sanchez they “guaranteed” he’d win a Super Bowl

    With Dee Miller they want him and everyone else to know he was their 2nd choice.

  22. ampats says: Apr 26, 2013 1:03 PM

    The two players I did not want the Jets to get based on mocks was B Mingo & Austin. Idzik was smoked on his first draft and anyone who considers this opinion from a Pats fan,take a good look at the Jets homer Adam Schein opinion of the Jets draft.

    I also agree with lrjets that marvsleezy should not be pounding his chest and the Bills reached big time for Manuel who they could have gotten in round #2. This is the same QB who said he is used to the cold growing up in Virginia and has played in Florida the past four years.

  23. letangusespertplus says: Apr 26, 2013 1:27 PM

    why are people blaming the jets for leaking this? its that dummy manish saying it.

  24. seaeagle707 says: Apr 26, 2013 3:22 PM

    Tavon is all smiles now, but wait until he figures it out that he, 5′-9″, 174 LBS, has to face the Hawks and 49ers for 4-games EVERY year. We don’t take prisoners and neither does SF. Austin will be more than ready for free agency when it becomes available.

  25. turfrage says: Apr 28, 2013 12:16 PM

    As I remember both Hawks and Niners had trouble beating the Rams last year WITHOUT Austin! Lol

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