By: James Johnson (@J_1010xl)
Measurables: 5-9, 174 lbs.
Every year the draft has that one talented WR with blazing speed and ridiculous playmaking ability. It was Demaryius Thomas in 2010, Torrey Smith in 2011, and Kendall Wright in the 2012 draft. Well, this year is no different. Tavon Austin is without question that guy in the 2013 draft. Though he isn't as tall or as big as most of the WR's in this class (most of which are upwards of 6'0 and 200 lbs) he makes up for that with his speed. To me, he is by far the most exciting player I've watched this year (sorry Johnny Football). Austin, alongside QB Geno Smith and fellow WR Stedman Bailey, accounted for one of the most--if not the most--exciting offenses in college football. The most impressive performance in the 2012 college football season in my opinion came from Austin when he faced Oklahoma. He came away from that game with 572 all-purpose yards and 2 TD's. 344 of those were rushing yards, 82 were receiving yards, and 142 came from kick returns. The rest of the film I have on DVR of Austin is nothing short of spectacular as well. He left no doubts in my mind as to why he was part of the 2012 All-American team as an all purpose player. My only concern with him will be durability; though he can add weight, he only has a 5'9 frame, and it might effect his elusiveness. However, I believe if he aims for the 195 lb. range he'll be fine. He'd add another weapon in the slot to an already young WR tandem in Shorts and Blackmon, and, as we know, this team needs every weapon it can get. It's been announced that Austin will attend the Senior Bowl, so the country will get to see him compete with some of the best DB's in college. As of now, Austin projects to be a late first to early second round pick.
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