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West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin has all the tools to succeed at the next level.
He's fast and elusive. His 14 reps on the bench show he's got some power built into that 5-foot-9, 174-pound frame, too. We'll get a better idea of Austin's explosiveness Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine, but NFL Network's Marshall Faulk doesn't need to see anything else to be convinced.
"Listen to me, I am pounding the desk," Faulk said on Saturday's "NFL Total Access." "This guy here is a playmaker. He's Percy Harvin and Wes Welker wrapped into one."
That's some heady praise from a Hall of Famer. We've heard the (logical) comparison to Harvin before. As for Welker, Austin has studied plenty of tape of the New England Patriots' star. Faulk believes Austin's a faster, quicker version of Welker, who he calls his "No. 1 guy."
"I think so," Austin quickly replied, via The Baltimore Sun. "I think I'm the all-around best player in the draft. A lot of teams are looking for that type of player to do multiple things on the field, and I think I'm that guy."It's safe to say Austin agrees with Faulk as well. He was asked earlier this week if he feels he's the best multidimensional prospect on the board.
Meanwhile, the Patriots might have the opportunity to effectively replace Welker with Austin come April. Sean Maguire would call this ironical.
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Star Lotulelei, a defensive tackle from Utah who is widely viewed as one of the best players in this year’s draft, was found to have a heart condition when examined at the Scouting Combine. [...]
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vinnybravo wrote: Austin is a great little player, but he never ran the disciplined routes that you need to be an effective WR at the NFL level. I think he is a nice player, but I dont think he will be a great pro. I would not like to see the Pats pick him unless its in round 3 or beyond.
Good points Vinny.What I learned about Austin over the past few days leads me to believe he's got that world class speed a lot of teams like, but will take time to develop. It's interesting that so many NFL Draft wonks keep trying to put Austin with the Patriots as another 'Wes Welker'Don't those guys watch Welker run?
Welker was never fast, just really quick with excellent decision-making. Obviously it's Austin's size that puts him Welker's category.
Austin spent a lot of time talking himself up as the best in Indy. You won't hear that from a guy like Welker who had to prove himself at every turn.
It may be that Ustin is ultracompetitive and doesn't want other WRs to move ahead of him on Draft day, but I'm just not sure Austin gets it yet.
Heard this three times from Austin as I kept running into his interviews everywhere I turned. This was from the media room in Indy:(slot guys in nfl you look up to)
"Wes Welker. That’s no. 1 guy. Watch a lot of tape of him. I think I’m a little quicker and faster than him," Austin told reporters. "So I figure if he can do it, I can do it too."Austin's Combine numbers: (bold is best in class, WR)
40: 4.34 (o) 4.25 (u)Bench: 14 repsVert: 32"broad: 120"Short sh: 4.01
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dominicanthug wrote: I think people get caught up with these combine numbers alot.I rather see the tape.I think Patterson from Tennessee is very overrated.He didnt do well on the drills.He is not great on routes.I like Hunter alot more. I like Austin's teammate much better.Stedman Bailey.
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