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Tavon Austin Scouting Report

Steve Shoup

Measureables:

Height: 5’8”

Weight: 174

Arm length: 30”

Hand: 9 1/8”

40 time: 4.34

Pros:

  • Extremely productive player while at WVU
  • Highly versatile player, capable of helping running, receving and returning, had almost 3,000 combined yards this past year
  • Extremely fast athlete
  • Possesses great agility and and short area ability
  • Strong route runner, who is a coverage nightmare for opposing defenses
  • Good awareness finds holes in the zone
  • excellent vision when the ball is in his hands
  • Is the best slot receiver in the draft

Cons:

  • Small size and frame will limit his ability to play outside
  • On certain teams might not be as effective if he isn’t going to be used properly
  • Hands aren’t the best, dropped more passes than you’d like to see
  • Doesn’t have a ton of experience running the full route tree

Overall:

Tavon Austin is without a doubt a playmaker and could be one of the most productive offensive skill players in this draft. He should also be a safe bet to offer early impact, given his ability to help on special teams and and with special packages. Austin speed, acceleration and agility are all off the charts and make him a special weapon. The biggest issue facing Austin could be the team that drafts him. He needs to be used properly if he is going to produce, and asking him to be an outside deep threat isn’t his current strength. If Austin is allowed to spend the majority of his time in the slot and coming out of the backfield, he should be okay. Austin looks like a first round pick and could make him the first wide receiver selected.



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