Originally written November 26, 2012 on Beyond the Combine:
  HT:     5-8         WT:     170 YR:     Sr          Pos:    WR       Notables: 2012: 106 rec, 1149 yds, 12TDs / 49rush, 521yds, 2TDs / 2011: Led the nation in all-purpose yardage, averaging 198.0 ypg 101 rec (WVU single-season record) Pros Very shifty and quick makes the first man miss Great vision, exceptional ability to see the field and run with the ball after the catch Great balance and posture when going in and out of cuts Accelerates out of breaks, shows great separation speed on the field Effective in the outside short, outside mid-range, and long passing game Very versatile, can play slot, wide out, competent as a tailback, & returns kicks Great straight-line speed A constant big play threat that attracts the attention of opposing defenses wherever he is on the field Good job of breaking arm tackles for his size Knows how to drop pads and hips when going into breaks Although he is small, doesn’t seem to get jammed easy at the line His size doesn’t deter him from being a “workhorse” Plays with toughness Cons Lacks size, needs to bulk up (5-8, 170) Takes too many hits, in the NFL that may cause issues with his size Needs to polish his route running A lot of his receptions come from behind the line of scrimmage Needs the ball in space, doesn’t seem as comfortable in traffic Isn’t an ideal fit at any position Thoughts Any team would love to have the luxury of having an offensive weapon like Tavon on their team. He is capable of a being a big play threat from multiple spots on the field and on special teams. Austin is a player that defenses have to be aware of his whereabouts at all time because of his ability to create big plays in open space. His versatility adds value to any NFL team in this day in age when injuries are so abundant. Tavon’s size may become an issue on the next level especially since he doesn’t necessarily avoid contact. Although he is an explosive player it may be hard to find an ideal fit for a starting full-time postion for him. He isn’t big enough to get may carries at RB, his routes need to be polished for him to be consistent at the slot position, and he doesn’t effectively run the full route tree to be effective as a number one or two WR. There is also still that question mark out there about how consistent he can really be in an NFL offense. That being said any team that has the luxury to add Tavon to an already stable WR core definitely should.   Watch Austin in action! (Links to his highlights below) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxzPryPMB74       Related articles You: West Virginia vs. Iowa State: Tavon Austin Solidifies First-Round Draft Status Iowa State Cyclones vs. West Virginia Mountaineers NFL Draft Prospect Watch WVU football: Tavon Austin’s running a silver lining in Oklahoma loss Here’s How Tavon Austin Dominated The First Quarter With Just Six Touches [Video] Tavon Austin: Mountaineers WR’s Career Day Helps Fuel Geno Smith’s Heisman Odds
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