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West Virginia's Tavon Austin is a different breed of wide receiver.
At only 5'9" and 175 pounds, Austin doesn't out-muscle cornerbacks, nor does he win many jump balls. But defenses can't stop what they can't see.
Austin is the most electrifying prospect in the 2013 draft. He's a utility man who can help out in the slot, in the backfield and even in the return game. Austin's potent repertoire puts him right up Coach Belichick's alley.
It doesn't hurt that his statistics jump off the page, either. The shifty Mountaineer racked up 114 catches for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns during his senior season. He also added 72 carries for 643 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, as well as two touchdowns on punt and kick returns.
In a losing effort against Oklahoma on Nov. 17, Austin put together one of the most remarkable performances college football history. He produced 344 rushing yards, 82 receiving yards and 146 kick return yards. That grand total of 572 all-purpose yards was just six yards short of the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision record.
The Patriots, like the other 31 NFL teams, have a chance to catch lightning in a bottle with Austin. He may not be the next DeSean Jackson or Percy Harvin, but Austin is a matchup nightmare.
In years past, New England has used Aaron Hernadez as a running back, Mike Vrabel as a tight end, Dan Klecko as a fullback and Troy Brown as a cornerback. One can only imagine what the coaching staff would do with a Swiss army knife like Austin.
NFLDraftScout.com projects Austin as a first- or second-round draft selection, which keeps him in the realm of possibility for the Patriots. He doesn't answer the team's obvious needs in the secondary and in the pass rush, but Austin's tools are built for New England's offense.