Tavon Austin NFL Draft Profile

Position #1: Wide Receiver    Position #2: Return Specialist
Jersey: #1    Height: 5'8 3/8"
School: West Virginia Mountaineers    Weight: 172 lbs.
Class: Senior    40 Time: 4.38

Drafted By: St. Louis Rams - 1st round (8th overall) 2013 NFL Draft


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Combine/Pro Day Results
Event Hand Arm Wing 40 10 BP BJ VJ 3C SS20 XP SQD M40 M10
Combine 9 1/8" 30" -- 4.34 1.45 14 10'0" 32.0 -- 4.01 56 0.33 665.15 497.72
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General Notes


Senior Bowl Invite:Hasn't accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.
East/West Shrine Invite:Hasn't accepted an invite to the East/West Shrine Game.
NFL Combine Invite:Accepted an invite to the NFL combine - Full 2013 NFL Combine Invite List

Written By: Jerry Edwards

Tavon Austin is an undersized, explosive wide receiver from West Virginia. The first things that jump out on film of Austin are his movement skills. His movement skills are extremely unique and rare. The cuts he can make, his ability to stop and start on a dime and his peripheral vision will make your jaw drop at times. He is very arguably the most dangerous player in this draft with the ball in his hands. Austin also has the ability to turn the corner or turn up-field and outrun everyone on the field. He possesses explosive burst and great top end speed. As a pure receiver, Austin needs more development. He will drop some passes although he has shown the ability to attack the ball away from his frame but he still has a small catch radius due to his lack of size. His route running ability also needs polish but he shows the ability to run double moves and make cuts on a dime. He has not shown any issues, though, tracking the deep ball and seems to be an adept deep threat which is rare for a slot WR.

Austin is very arguably the most dynamic and versatile wide receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft. He has shown the ability to line up as a HB, flanker, slot WR and return both kicks and punts. He can really do it all as a player. While his lack of size will definitely hold him back in terms of draft stock, his unique and rare skill-set should get him a lot of looks in the late first round. Austin has the type of potential as a weapon and match-up nightmare that will intrigue a lot of NFL teams.

Experience:
  1. Played in and started all 13 games.
  2. Played in and started all 13 games.
  3. Played in 13 games and started 11 games.
  4. Played in 13 games and started 4 games.
Accolades:
  1. First-Team All-American All-Purpose selection. Big 12 Co-Special Teams Player of the Year. First-Team All-Big 12 selection.
  2. Third-Team All-American All-Purpose selection. Big East Special Teams Player of the Year. First-Team All-Big East selection.
  3. Second-Team All-Big East selection.
Known Injuries:
  1. Dislocated his finger against Norfolk State but played through the injury and did not miss any games.

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