We are now up to pick No. 20 in the 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft. We've gotten through the first week of the draft, and it seems to be going fairly smoothly. The draft should take us into the week of the 2013 NFL Draft, so feel free to consider this a sort of countdown, as we post three picks each day.
Explanation: Emery has openly expressed the need for speed at the WR position, and Hester obviously isn't the answer. Austin gives the Bears a much needed deep threat out of the slot, with versatility to line up all over the field and create mismatch nightmares for opposing defensive coordinators. Tavon will also take attention away from Brandon Marshall, enabling him to shine even brighter (if that's possible). Austin could also be the long term answer to replace the aging Hester in the return game. Tavon Austin is a homerun threat every time he gets the ball in his hands.
Trevor Woods: Last season, the Bears offense had only one legitimate receiving option in Brandon Marshall. The selection of Austin would provide another solid option for Jay Cutler to work with. The Bears still have big offensive line issues, but with D.J. Fluker off the board, any lineman selected here would be a bit of a reach. Marc Trestman is an offensive minded head coach, and it would make sense to upgrade at receiver here. Austin would bring a lot to the table and make the Bears offense dangerous. I like this pick a lot. I am also glad Austin didn't make it to the Rams at pick No. 22.
Nick Chiamardas: I'm think the Bears will be hoping a tackle or guard falls to them at 20. The biggest issue in Chicago since the arrival of Jay Cutler has been the offensive line. With all of the linemen worthy of a first round pick already taken save Florida State's Menalik Watson, nic2116 selects Tavon Austin. Austin will bring instant game-breaking athleticism to a Bears team that already features Brandon Marshall. Austin could be everything the Bears wanted Devin Hester to be on the offensive side of the ball. I agree with everything nic2116 says about what Austin would do for Chicago's offense. I'm just not sure it's smart to pass on offensive line (Watson) or a middle linebacker to replace Brian Urlacher (Arthur Brown).
Niners Nation Mock Draft, Round 1
- Kansas City Chiefs -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah [Explanation]
- Jacksonville Jaguars -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Oakland Raiders -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon [Explanation]
- Philadelphia Eagles -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M [Explanation]
- Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan [Explanation]
- Cleveland Browns -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama [Explanation]
- Arizona Cardinals -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas [Explanation]
- Buffalo Bills -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU [Explanation]
- New York Jets -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama [Explanation]
- Tennessee Titans -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida [Explanation]
- San Diego Chargers -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma [Explanation]
- Miami Dolphins -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina [Explanation]
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State [Explanation]
- Carolina Panthers -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
- New Orleans Saints -- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU [Explanation]
- St. Louis Rams -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri [Explanation]
- Pittsburgh Steelers -- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia [Explanation]
- Dallas Cowboys -- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama [Explanation]
- New York Giants -- Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia [Explanation]
- Chicago Bears -- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia