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NFL Draft 2013: West Virginia Wide Receiver Tavon Austin

February 11th, 2013 at 10:39 PM
By Mark Mihalko

After breaking down some more tape, there is a wide out with a unique blend of athleticism, explosiveness and return ability in this draft that could slip into the late first round. A combination of DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles) and Wes Welker (New England Patriots), Tavon Austin is only 5-9 and 175 pounds, but he is one of the most gifted athletes in the class and could be a perfect for a team looking for an explosive slot receiver.

Continuing with our NFL Draft profiles, we will break down the West Virginia wide receiver. Unfortunately, of all of the wide receivers in this draft, Austin will be one of the most challenging to place. If he were bigger, or at least closer to the prototypical size, he would clearly be the first receiver off the board.

In fact, his diminutive size is all that will keep him down some draft boards; if he were bigger, he would be the top rated wide out on the board. Blessed with rare athleticism and toughness, Austin has elite acceleration and the ability to take the top off the defense.

Named the 2012 Paul Hornung Award Winner as the most versatile player in major college football, Austin was a nightmare for opposing teams, finishing with 114 receptions for 1289 receiving yards, 643 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns on offense, while chipping in another 978 yards on returns with two more touchdowns.

At this point, it appears that Austin could come off the board anywhere in the second half of round one. He would be a solid fit for the Steelers with their selection at number 17, but is often connected to the New England Patriots at the end of round one.  

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