West Virgina WR Tavon Austin is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing prospects in this upcoming draft. He's lit up the combine with the top 40 time of 4.34, which only affirms the blazing speed you see from him on tape. His college production is off the charts.
Last season he caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards and 12 TDs. If that was all he did, it would be a great season, but he also carried the ball 72 times for 643 yards and 3 TDs. If that wasn't enough, he also added a 100 yard kickoff return and a 76 yard punt return for TDs.
"You want to talk about one of the most electric players I've ever seen in college football," said NFL Network's Mike Mayock. "He put a performance on against the University of Oklahoma that was one of the most amazing I've ever seen. Over 500 yards of offense -- he played mostly tailback."
"In the NFL, it's all about matchups, and this young man is a matchup nightmare. What I love about (Austin), he's got good hands. We already know he can run, we know how quick he is. I know he's tough. And he's a game-changer."
So why isn't he far and away the top rated WR in this class? Well, that comes down to measurements. Austin officially checked in at 5-8, 174 pounds. To put that in perspective, he's 2 inches shorter than DeSean Jackson. So clearly, there are durability concerns at the NFL level.
That said, Austin hasn't had a problem staying healthy in college, he's played in every game over his Mountaineers career. Part of that is that he's smart about being a little guy, but also despite his small stature... he's just built well. That was certainly evidenced by the fact that he managed 14 reps on the bench press, which is as much or more than every WR that could conceivably be taken before him, with the possible exception of DeAndre Hopkins, who did 15 reps.
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