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Tavon Austin | Wide Receiver

Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 176

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Rams selected West Virginia WR Tavon Austin with the No. 8 overall pick.
The Rams gave up a lot for Austin, sending the No. 16 and 46 overall picks and a seventh-rounder to the Bills. Austin (5-8, 174) caught 215 balls for 2,475 yards (11.5 YPR) and 20 touchdowns over his final two college seasons, also rushing 88 times for 825 yards (9.4 YPC) and four more scores. He scored five career return touchdowns, four on kickoffs and one on a punt. Austin ran 4.34 in Indy with a 10-foot broad jump and 4.01 short shuttle, the second fastest of all receivers. Although not quite as physical as Percy Harvin, Austin possesses similar versatility, elusiveness, and explosive burst. Pencil him as a four-down game-changer that should lead the Rams in targets as a rookie. Thu, Apr 25, 2013 09:14:00 PM

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Speaking on the latest draft buzz, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah notes the Jets love WVU WR Tavon Austin.

The Jets have two picks in the top 13 to target Austin, which is likely the range the dynamic slot receiver is selected. The human joystick would be a great addition to any offense, and the Jets are no exception. We just hope he would be used correctly.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 09:26:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora writes that he doesn't know "anyone" who thinks West Virginia WR Tavon Austin will be available at No. 16.

The No. 16 selection is the St. Louis Rams', who need weapons to surround quarterback Sam Bradford with. La Canfora adds that the Jets are high on Austin and could select him No. 9 overall.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 03:51:00 PM

West Virginia WR Tavon Austin scored a seven on the Wonderlic, according to Packers beat writer Bob McGinn.

The number is low, but "the majority of scouts expect (Austin) to learn a playbook without a major hitch," McGinn writes. "He's not a quick study and it will take him a little time," one personnel director said. "He will work at it. He cares greatly about it." We doubt this affects his evaluation.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 11:17:00 AM

NFL Network's Charley Casserly believes WVU WR Tavon Austin's biggest impact will be on special teams.

Casserly wouldn't select Austin in the top 10 picks. "I see him as a role guy, a game-plan guy, a guy who will play in the slot," he added. "Bigger corners, which is almost anybody that is in the league, will give him problems on press and on downfield plays he'll have trouble contesting the ball." We think Austin will shine as a movable offensive piece and in the short to intermediate levels from the slot.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 10:33:00 AM

West Virginia slot WR Tavon Austin is "generating top-10 buzz," according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

"Austin might be there at 12, but teams are considering moving up to land him, and he is in play with the Jets picking ninth, as well," La Canfora writes. We buy it, since Austin's style could help any type of offense and he is potentially the lone offensive playmaker worth trading up for.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 10:07:00 AM

West Virginia OC Shannon Dawson said most NFL teams would be a good fit for WR Tavon Austin.

"No doubt [he translates to NFL]. You just have to get him into a system where they're going to find ways to get him the ball" Dawson said. "If somebody drafts him that's playing a pro-style offense, "I," with two receivers, I'd say they'd be dumb. He needs to go somewhere where he's in the slot and they're manipulating ways to get him the ball. A lot of those pro teams are running college-style offenses anyways. So most of the teams out there would be a good fit for him. I can't think of any teams, at the top of my head, that'd be a bad fit."
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 06:52:00 PM

The Lions are hosting West Virginia WR Tavon Austin for a visit on Wednesday.

Austin also visited with the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Francisco 49ers. This will suggest a possible trade out of the top five for the Lions, potentially with the Dolphins, but we doubt the team leaves the draft with another slot receiver with an early pick. Again, don't be surprised if Tavon Austin is a top 10 pick.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 09:09:00 AM

West Virginia WR Tavon Austin will work out for the St. Louis Rams and visit the Detroit Lions.

Austin has been a busy man in the final days of the draft process. He's meeting with the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well. The Buccaneers are in "love" with the receiver, per SI's Peter King, and could select him at No. 13, provided the Jets don't at No. 9. The Rams may be on the outside looking in, as they are selecting No. 16. Barring a trade-up, it's unlikely he's available at their pick.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 06:27:00 PM

West Virginia WR Tavon Austin is visiting the Jets on Monday.

Austin has not been widely mocked to the Jets at No. 9, but the team could look for a dynamic offensive weapon if they deal Darrelle Revis and acquire more picks. The team has a nice young receiver in Jeremy Kerley and upside prospect in Stephen Hill. Adding Austin to that group would make for a nice trio.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 12:11:00 PM

SI's Peter King notes the Bucs "love" West Virginia WR Tavon Austin.

"What I'm hearing is the current discussion is first-, third- and fifth-round picks for Revis, though I don't know which picks are this year and which next," King writes in regards to the potential trade between the Bucs and Jets. He added that if Tamp Bay stays at No. 13, Austin interests them. It is not a popular opinion, but Austin could wind up in the top 10.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 11:25:00 AM

West Virginia WR Tavon Austin is visiting the Rams on Wednesday.

Austin is widely mocked to the Rams, but we doubt he will be available with their first pick. In fact, we somewhat expect a team to trade up for Austin's services due to his electric slot playmaking ability. Many will worry about his size, but from a durability standpoint, Austin never missed a practice during his collegiate career.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 03:25:00 PM

Speaking with NFL Network's Bucky Brooks, one anonymous NFL scout compared West Virginia WR Tavon Austin to Dexter McCluster.

Austin is commonly compared to Percy Harvin, but according to Brooks the scout likes Austin's speed but his size worried him. McCluster was a second-round pick and has yet to develop into a true playmaker. Part of the reason likely relates to McCluster playing a lot of running back in college, and Austin's primary position was as a receiver.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 01:52:00 PM

National Football Post's Russ Lande placed West Virginia WR Tavon Austin No. 6 overall to the Cleveland Browns in his tenth mock draft.

"If the Browns want Branden Weeden to become a quality starting quarterback they need more offensive weapons," Lande writes. "As they already have a big receiver in Josh Gordon, the Browns make a bold move to grab Tavon Austin who is similar to Steve Smith who was coached by Rob Chudzinski when he was the offensive coordinator of the Panthers." This is the earliest we've seen Austin go in a mock draft.
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 06:10:00 PM

West Virginia WR Tavon Austin will visit the Rams next week.

Even though Austin is commonly mocked to the Rams at No. 16, we doubt he lasts that long. Due to his electric open field ability, a team will likely have to trade up for Austin's services. The Rams are in need of a slot receiver after losing Danny Amendola to free agency.
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 12:19:00 PM