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Tavon Austin scouting report

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by RS12, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Intro: Austin has really emerged in the past few weeks as a dynamic playmaker. Many have taken to calling him Tavon Harvin, alluding to his playmaking ability that reminds many (including myself) of the former Florida Gator, or Tavon Awesome, alluding to the obvious- Tavon Austin is awesome. He is obviously undersized, but he compensates for his lack of size with great speed, elite burst, acceleration, change of direction and impressive vision. He doesn’t have great hands, but when he has the ball in his hands anything can happen. He has made some truly amazing plays and put together some extremely impressive performances this season, and almost single-handedly jump-started the West Virginia offense by balancing the offense when they gave him touches at running back out of the backfield. He’s a dynamic player, and he looks like he has a shot at the 1st round. A creative offensive coordinator could get a lot of mileage out of him, but even in a traditional offense he will make plays on offense and on special teams.

    Size: This is one of Austin’s biggest drawbacks as a prospect. He is listed at 5’9” 172 pounds but I wouldn’t be surprised if he measured in at 5’8.” His size is definitely concerning but the way the NFL is changing to protect receivers and essentially eliminate big hits players with Austin’s size will have a better shot at avoiding injury. This is going to be a negative grade from pretty much every scout, but with kick returns being less violent than in previous years Austin should be somewhat protected as a dynamic slot/return man at the next level.

    Speed: Austin has sub 4.5 speed without a doubt. I don’t think he’s going to get into the 4.3’s even though it might seem like it at times. He’s in the 4.45-4.48 range if you ask me, but that’s fast enough to outrun angles and rip off big chunks of yardage at the next level. He’s shown that he can take a short reception, a run of the mill carry or any return the distance with his speed. I think it’s one of his strong suits, but I think a lot of people will see his long runs and assume he’s a 4.3 guy. I have to say I’m not convinced of that right now.

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  2. IAmLegend

    IAmLegend Well-Known Member

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    He's a stud, and in my opinion should be in the Heisman voting. He's that good. With that said, there's no way the Cowboys will get him. We have way more important needs and they spend our picks on OL, DL, and S with out first 4 picks if they have any common sense.
  3. blackbull

    blackbull Well-Known Member

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    If we ever got a clue and realized that special teams are important we most def would consider him.
  4. ABQcowboyJR

    ABQcowboyJR Well-Known Member

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    The only place I would take him is in the third or with a 2nd if we trade back and get 2 2's. But.......Jerry can be Jerry.

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