Prospect: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Grade: 7.4 (Grading Scale)
+Lightning quick and agile, able to stop and start quickly.
+Elite speed and acceleration, 4.3 a possibility.
+Changes direction with ease, very elusive in the open field.
-Small in stature and doesn’t carry a lot of bulk.
+Experienced making route adjustments both pre and post-snap.
+Able to run precise routes and get back up to speed.
+Can also round out routes to carry more speed through his break.
+Excels underneath with pivot and stick routes, but can get vertical as well.
+Sells double moves and fakes well, able to create separation.
+Effective in the screen game, sets up blocks well.
+Quick enough to beat press coverage.
+Can handle touch passes down the field as well as fastballs underneath.
+Good body control making the catch.
-Will drop the occasional ball when in traffic.
-Makes too many catches with his body.
Running / Return Ability
+Sees cutback lanes very well, able to score on any given play.
+Elusive, difficult to tackle in open space.
+Will make the first man miss.
+Extremely effective on jet sweeps, reverses and mis-direction plays.
-Not much of a blocker, but isn’t allergic to contact.
Tavon Austin is lightning in a bottle. He is the guy that keeps defensive coordinators up at night. You want the ball in his hands.
NFL teams looking for either the next Percy Harvin or the next Wes Welker will find qualities that they like in Austin – he is a prototypical slot receiver that can dominate the game on the ground as well.
Our only concern is his size, as his listed 170+ size might be a bit generous. If he can convince teams that he can hold up to the NFL grind, I’d expect him to see his name called in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
West Virginia vs Maryland
-Makes two miss in the open field – so shifty, makes it look simple.
-Very dangerous as a kick returner – lightning in a bottle.
-Quick in route, runs out of an ankle tackle and takes it 50 yards to the house.
West Virginia vs Baylor
– 3rd down, runs his route past the sticks and gives himself room to work back for the ball
– Drops third down pass, was being bracketed, but needs to catch the ball
– Gets separation out of his cuts, vs man coverage, Tate can’t stay in hip pocket