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#1 OnlyPantherFaninMaine

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:33 PM

For what it is worth Mel Kiper has us taking Tavon at 14 in his latest mock that I saw today on NFL Live over on ESPN.

I could certainly get on board with this pick depending on what we do in free agency. However, I just wish he were a vertical threat but maybe he could blossom into that roll. The more I watch I just love his versatility and ability to create mismatches in the passing game and make people miss in the open field. I just hope Shula could be creative enough with his playbook to really use Austin to the best of his ability and get him plenty of touches a game.

Leading up to the draft I think his stock will continue to rise steadily and he is a realistic option for us. He can return kicks and punts, run out of the backfield, run sweeps and reverses, and would be lethal in the slot with LBs covering him. In the second level he is a home run threat every time the ball is in his hands much like Patterson.

Say we sign a great guard or one of the more promising defensive tackles or corners in free agency, could anyone else get on board with Tavon at 14? He was originally not on my radar but he is impressive and could be a great weapon in this offense.

#2 TheRumGone

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:17 PM

I wouldnt throw things across my room, but i wouldn't be necessarily happy. I think he will be a great player though.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:43 PM

No fuging way. We should never listen to Mel again. I'd rather have Patterson over Austin.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:57 PM

I will honestly throw my remote at the TV if they make this pick. It will be a sign that they plan to be a gimmick offense instead of a traditional one that worked down the stretch.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 08:00 PM

I just find it hard to believe that teams are going to draft a slot receiver that high in the first round. The odds of him becoming another Steve Smith are incredibly slim, no one has his heart and passion. If Patterson is gone, I would much rather have Justin Hunter(and possibly an extra 2nd or 3rd pick since he will still be there in the 20's).

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 08:01 PM

I'd love this pick.

So would every Panther fan for years to come.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 08:06 PM

I'd love this pick.

So would every Panther fan for years to come.



NO fuging WAY!!!!

We would be 1 of the dumbest team to spend a top 15 pick on a slot WR. Unless he jumps like Steve Smith (which he doesn't) he is not a fit for Cam.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 08:10 PM

It's Cam fuging Newton you're talking about... Not Jake Overthrow Delhomme...

Chill out man. Austin is a sick weapon, and more elusive than pretty much any player in recent history.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 08:29 PM

It's Cam fuging Newton you're talking about... Not Jake Overthrow Delhomme...

Chill out man. Austin is a sick weapon, and more elusive than pretty much any player in recent history.


1. We barley used the weapons we have already.

It took a whole season to use Tolbert.

We never used Barniage or Adams like we could have.

You are just adding another gimmick to a team who has to many gimmicks already. We were better when we ran a traditional offense and ran the ball down hill.

2. I can see adding a bigger target for the red zone and the fact that when Cam misses a pass he misses High. Which would be perfect for a Bigger WR.

3. I could see him in the Pats offense taking Welker's role but hear we need a actually WR who can become a #1 outside WR. Austin is a slot WR. You don't spend a top 15 pick on a slot WR unless.

Your one player from a superbowl and a slot wr is that position or you are changing the offense to feature a slot WR or you run a west coast or Patriot type offense. We are not in any of these situation..

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 11:18 PM

I would love to have him on this team
I honestly think he is the best WR in the draft with the most upside the only thing that worries me is that he's small but you have to remember that he is fast and elusive he could be like an Wes and a Harvin mix

I just dont trust Patterson but if you look at the combine and game tape from Austin its AMAZING with what Austin can do

1. Austin
2. Patterson
3. Allen
4. Woods
5. Patton

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 11:33 PM

Austin as a slot receiver. :lol:

Playmaker is more of a good label for him.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:37 AM

I would love to have him on this team
I honestly think he is the best WR in the draft with the most upside the only thing that worries me is that he's small but you have to remember that he is fast and elusive he could be like an Wes and a Harvin mix

I just dont trust Patterson but if you look at the combine and game tape from Austin its AMAZING with what Austin can do

1. Austin
2. Patterson
3. Allen
4. Woods
5. Patton


Do you notice how welker only works for 1 offense?

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 07:16 AM

Austin as a slot receiver. :lol:

Playmaker is more of a good label for him.

I've been taking him in the first of every falcons mock for a while now. RB by committee with Austin as a rb/slot receiver getting 175-200 touches or so. Dude never has to come out of the game. Going 3 wide with single back? Austin stays on the field in the slot put Rodgers in the backfield. Roddy and julio on the outside then trying to cover austin out of the backfield vs 2 of the best blocking WRs in the NFL? I wish he'd make it to 30 but he wont :(



EDIT: Mel Kiper is a tard who just talks. He doesn't have an opinion.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 11:13 AM

1. We barley used the weapons we have already.

It took a whole season to use Tolbert.

We never used Barniage or Adams like we could have.

You are just adding another gimmick to a team who has to many gimmicks already. We were better when we ran a traditional offense and ran the ball down hill.

2. I can see adding a bigger target for the red zone and the fact that when Cam misses a pass he misses High. Which would be perfect for a Bigger WR.

3. I could see him in the Pats offense taking Welker's role but hear we need a actually WR who can become a #1 outside WR. Austin is a slot WR. You don't spend a top 15 pick on a slot WR unless.

Your one player from a superbowl and a slot wr is that position or you are changing the offense to feature a slot WR or you run a west coast or Patriot type offense. We are not in any of these situation..



TBQH you sound like you're still suffering from John Fox Syndrome.

Austin can be similar to Darren Sproles, but way better and an actual threat in the slot or even on the outside. He can also instantly elevate the return game to a non-issue. He'll also be a nightmare out of a full backfield, in that he can act as a running back or a receiver.

It took a whole season to use Tolbert, Barnidge, and Adams because Chud was terrible.

The Panthers don't have gimmicks. They have great players who have been misused and poorly coached.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 11:44 AM

TBQH you sound like you're still suffering from John Fox Syndrome.

Austin can be similar to Darren Sproles, but way better and an actual threat in the slot or even on the outside. He can also instantly elevate the return game to a non-issue. He'll also be a nightmare out of a full backfield, in that he can act as a running back or a receiver.

It took a whole season to use Tolbert, Barnidge, and Adams because Chud was terrible.

The Panthers don't have gimmicks. They have great players who have been misused and poorly coached.


Tolbert is already suppose to be doing the Darren Sproles thing and I'm not ready to give up on Adams and Pilaris who can do the Tavon Austin thing.

It makes no sense to draft a slot Wr at 14 when you have guys on the roster who are cheaper and brought in to do the same things he does.

Let's find out what we have in these guys before we draft a guy to do the same job.


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