The diminutive receiver has risen to the top of many boards at the wide receiver position, and he could defy history and go in the top 10. Here are five things you need to know about him.
Full Name: Tavon Austin
Birthday: March 15, 1991
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
School: West Virginia
Major: Multidisciplinary Studies
There is a reason Austin is such a dynamic receiver. He came into West Virginia as a fantastic running back, converting to wide receiver during his freshman year.
The most dynamic player in the draft put up some mighty impressive numbers as part of a good offense.
Austin hurt opposing defenses from all over the field, from taking handoffs and pitches to lining up in the slot and out wide. He can also be a weapon in the return game, though he was so involved in the WVU offense that it seemed to save him from overuse.
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Weight: 174 lbs.
Arm Length: 30"
Hand Size: 9.125"
40-yard dash: 4.34 seconds (top performer)
225-pound bench press reps: 14
Broad jump: 120"
Vertical jump: 32"
20-yard shuttle: 4.01 seconds (top performer)
Tavon Austin is an explosive player, and he can showcase that trait with or without pads.
The incoming rookie was one of the fastest players at the NFL Scouting Combine, setting stopwatches afire with a 40 time of 4.25 seconds that would settle at 4.34 seconds, officially.
Can Tavon Austin break the mold at receiver during the NFL draft?
Over the past 25 years, only 10 of 44 receivers taken with a top-15 pick were under 6'0". None of them were quite as small as Austin, who is about the same size as Dexter McCluster.
If the buzz is to be believed, Austin will go as high as the No. 8 pick. It will be interesting to see if he can buck history.
Nobody heads into the draft with more hype behind him than Tavon Austin, and you can see plenty of evidence of that on Twitter.
"I only regret that I have but one pick and cannot trade up for Tavon Austin."—Nathan Hale, trying to lock up Austin in 1776.— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) April 25, 2013
Studied all 15 of Tavon Austin's TDs from 2012. 14 of 15 would've counted in a 2 hand touch league. Defenders can't touch him! #Dynamic!
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 2, 2013
As with most draft prospects, where Tavon Austin ends up will have a major impact on his early success. Most explosive player available— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 28, 2013
Heard Tavon Austin tore it up at West Virginia. From a scout: No drops. Great speed. Ridiculous body control. Starting to sound like Top 20— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2013
Finishing up my mock draft…I do have Tavon Austin going in the top 10.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 10, 2013
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) April 11, 2013
I don't know how much money Tavon Austin's agent makes but it's not enough. Masterful work. Reports have the guy No. 1 on every team's board— TC (@ThePigskinGuy) April 25, 2013