St. Louis Rams rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin isn't disagreeing with anyone who draws a comparison between him and the Seahawks' Percy Harvin.
He thinks the comparison is justified, as both are billed as receivers who posess the 'athleticism and his ability to play multiple positions', writes Kevin Patra of NFL.com.
"That's who I had looked up to when I was in college," Austin said on NFL.com's Draft Tracker Podcast.
"He's a lot older than me (not really, only by 3 years) and a little more bigger than me, but pretty much I think we do the same exact thing. The way he gets open in his routes, the way he sets up one-on-one matches, I think I can pretty much do the same things he can. And just the way he makes plays overall. I feel like that's how I'm gonna be when I get here."
Austin also aims to silence critics who say he's small for the NFL. There's a work-around for that, he says. "You gotta be smart on the field," Austin said. "Nobody can take too many big hits, not even comparing someone 5-foot-8 'cause some of the 6-foot-3 guys still get knocked out, too. To me it's about being smart, knowing when to go down and if you're on the sidelines knowing when to go out of bounds, and I think I do a pretty good job of doing that."