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Posted: 2/24/2013 12:18 PM

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West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin has all the tools to succeed at the next level.

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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.

The time has come..... Here's to the 2014 Season.

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Posted: 2/24/2013 1:08 PM

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If they take Austin,i would hope they add a wr with size in free agency.
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Posted: 2/24/2013 1:45 PM

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I guess they're looking at DB's today. Sounds like some good prospects. With only 3 top picks BB can't afford any misfires this year.
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Posted: 2/24/2013 2:41 PM

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Who knows what this team is looking at when it comes to the draft.We will see.
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Posted: 2/24/2013 5:21 PM

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Moore from am had bad workout would bob take him if he fell
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Posted: 2/24/2013 8:18 PM

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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.
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Posted: 2/24/2013 10:49 PM

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And in the 7th round, the Patriots pick ...

Combine medical test reveals Star Lotulelei has heart condition

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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Posted: 2/25/2013 10:06 PM

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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:

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"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)

Ht: 5'8"

Wt: 174

40: 4.34 (o) 4.25 (u)
Bench: 14 reps
Vert: 32"
broad: 120"
Short sh: 4.01



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Posted: 2/26/2013 4:51 PM

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Austin's definitely an explosive play maker, but as a WR I just don't see a first round pick.  He's not even the best WR on his team, but he'll get drafted higher because of his speed and kick/punt return talent.
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Posted: 2/26/2013 6:32 PM

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I wonder how Demps is as an outlet WR? If he's decent, then they already have a wicked fast, small, shifty guy. They need the big-play down-field guy - they need a young, less insane, Randy Moss.
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Posted: 2/26/2013 7:32 PM

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But not crazy deep.....Please...! Hunter, TN others have been beating that drum for some time. Lets stick with what Brady does best, then a surprise deep ball every now and then. No quicker way to have a "3 n out" or worse than to air it out.....Too much.

A young threat that could read the D like Brady does would be great. But.
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Posted: 2/26/2013 7:33 PM

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Cripes ... and speaking of Demps:

@RapSheet: #Patriots news from TA: Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps has informed the Pats he's returning to track. But... Wants to play 2 sports. #staytuned
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Posted: 2/26/2013 7:50 PM

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Posted: 2/26/2013 9:02 PM

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From what I've read in the last hour, Demps has told the Pats he wants to go back to track, but also wants to try to play both sports. He has a race already scheduled in March and that sport's season runs through August. So he'd miss all of camp, and then need to get himself into football shape. Which means realistically he'd be ready around October.

The Pats have already paid him $211K which was guaranteed under the contract he signed last year.

I don't think this will go over well at all BB/RK. It means holding a roster spot for a guy who doesn't seem all that committed to football or the Patriots.
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Posted: 2/26/2013 9:48 PM

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No way will it go over well if he won't be there as much and work as hard as everyone else on the team.
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Posted: 2/27/2013 12:00 AM

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Latest thing on Demps from the Herald ... as long as he shows up for camp in shape, I guess there's no problem with this ... but I don't like the way he handled this matter. Unless the Pats deliberately wanted it to look like Demps may not be with the team. You never know with BB/RK.

Patriots running back Jeff Demps, a silver medalist in last year's Olympics, doesn't want to give up his aspirations in track and field.

The speedster informed the Pats today that he would like to be a two-sport athlete, according to his agent, Daniel Rose.

"Jeff loves football and he loves the Patriots, but he also loves the chance to represent his country," Rose told the Herald. "He wants to do both."

Demps will race for Team USA next month at an event in Florida. Rose was clear that Demps has no intentions to give up football.

The Pats won the league-wide Demps derby last summer, but he was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury during final roster cuts.
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Posted: 2/27/2013 5:11 AM

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It's nice that he says he loves football and doesn't want to give it up.  But someone needs to tell him that this isn't college where you can just play multiple sports because they're fun and you have the time to do it.  This is his job, and if he can't commit to it full time then he needs to decide what it is he can commit himself to.
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Posted: 2/27/2013 11:12 AM

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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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Posted: 2/27/2013 1:22 PM

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I think as long as he's available for camp, BB/RK will be OK with it. Yeah, he'll miss the OTA's but his primary use at first will be PR/KR so it's not like he'll need to learn all the offense at first anyway. RK may see the "Team USA" thing as a nice tie-in to the Patriots theme as well - who knows?

But if he's not going to be there for camp, after TB just did what he did with his contract, then keeping him undercuts that message of team-first.
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Posted: 2/27/2013 9:47 PM

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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.
I agree with all of this.  I watch a lot of Tennessee and while Patterson was outstanding he only played one season.  I like him but after the season when all the experts started putting out their rankings I was kind of shocked to see him rated as a first round pick, let alone as possibly the top receiver in the draft. 

I like his teammate Hunter.  He was the one considered the top WR in the class prior to the season.  He had some drops and inconsistency this year, but this was also his first season back after blowing out his knee the previous year.  And we've seen plenty of times where players don't get all the way back until the second year.  I'd much rather draft Hunter in round 2 than Patterson in round 1.
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Posted: 2/28/2013 8:41 PM

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I wish I had time to watch these college guys..
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