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Reports: Former Bills WR David Nelson, West Virginia WR Tavon Austin to visit Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 2, 2013

The Browns remain in the hunt for a wide receiver.

Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Nelson is scheduled to visit the Browns on Thursday, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reported today, and West Virginia University wide receiver Tavon Austin is set to visit Cleveland next week, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this afternoon.

Nelson, 26, was eligible to become a restricted free agent this offseason. But the Bills decided not to offer him a tender, and he became an unrestricted free agent as a result.

The 6-foot-5, 214-pound Nelson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Sept. 9 in the season opener last year and had knee surgery shortly after. Before missing nearly all of this past season, Nelson established himself as a solid contributor for the Bills.

In 2011, Nelson started 13 of the 16 games in which he appeared and compiled 61 catches for 658 yards and five touchdowns. In 2010, he joined the Bills as an undrafted rookie free agent from the University of Florida and tallied 31 catches for 353 yards and three touchdowns.

Austin is one of the top-rated receivers in this year’s draft, which runs April 25-27. NFLDraftScout.com projects him as a first-round pick, and several analysts have predicted the St. Louis Rams will select him 16th overall. The Browns have the sixth overall pick.

The 5-8, 174-pound Austin proved to be a formidable weapon as a slot receiver and return man in college. In four seasons, he compiled 29 receiving touchdowns. Last season, he led the nation with 114 catches to go along with 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and a punt 74 yards for a score.

The Browns could use a wide receiver capable of complementing Josh Gordon and Greg Little. They’re letting Josh Cribbs, a target of the Arizona Cardinals, and Mohamed Massaquoi, who reportedly visited the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, walk in free agency and want to add someone else to the mix.

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