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NFL Mock Draft 2013: With the 29th pick in the draft, the Patriots select Tavon Austin, West Virginia WR

SB Nation's latest mock draft has the Patriots taking West Virginia WR Tavon Austin with the 29th pick.


After the upset loss to the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game, the New England Patriots now hold the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn released his latest mock draft on Monday morning, and he is projecting New England to select West Virginina wide receiver Tavon Austin:

Although Wes Welker is again approaching free agency, a player like Tavon Austin shouldn't be viewed solely as his replacement. Instead, Austin should be looked at as an advanced version of Julian Edelman. Austin can be used in a variety of ways. He can line up outside or in the slot, line up in the backfield and play on special teams.

The Patriots could also target cornerbacks, as once again the secondary was a major weakness in 2012. Rutgers' Logan Ryan and Florida State's Xavier Rhodes could possibly be available at this spot.