Will the Philadelphia Eagles Draft Tavon Austin? Expect the Unexpected

by Jerome's Friend

Originally published April 24, 2013 on HighPhive.com.

During an interview with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic, Sal Paolantonio offered a word of caution to Philadelphia Eagles fans.  He said, “If the two tackles [Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher] are off the board by the fourth pick, don’t be shocked if the Eagles select wide receiver Tavon Austin.”  Missanelli was appalled and pressed Sal Pal further, but Sal Pal simply responded, “All I’m saying is, don’t be shocked.”  I was driving home from work at the time and nearly swerved off the road.  Could Howie Roseman really have the diminutive West Virginia product that high on his draft board?  It’s the NFL Draft, after all, so expect the unexpected.

My answer to that question, by the way, is no.  At least, not before Chip Kelly was hired.  With a good number of weapons on offense, and a larger number of holes to fill elsewhere, it’s hard to believe Austin was that high on Roseman’s initial board.  So in my opinion the better question to ask, and the question that will be answered Thursday is, “How much did Howie’s big board change after Kelly’s hire?”  It’s an intriguing question because it may provide insight into how Roseman, the Clean-Slated GM, operates in this new regime.  Read more…