West Virginia WR Tavon Austin Would Be Perfect Fit For BirdsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles Draft, News, NFLDraft Sunday, February 24th, 2013
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly believes in speed and versatility amongst his offensive weapons, so you know he had to be excited about getting a chance to see West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin. This young man is the embodiment of speed and versatility, plus he’s confident about how he measures up against this year’s prospects.
“If we all lined up and raced, I think I’d come out on top, but I’m not really a 40 type of guy. I’m a game type of guy,” Austin says. “A lot of teams are looking for the type of player who can do multiple things on the field, and I think I can be that guy.
“I think I’m the all-around best player in the draft.”
Today he backed up his words by blazing a forty-yard dash, which was initially timed at 4.24. It was later downgraded to 4.34, but he still had to improve his chances of being drafted in the first round, despite being only 5-8, 174 pounds.
He’s being compared to Wes Welker and Percy Harvin, who happen to be two of the best playmakers in the league today.
Austin was unstoppable during his years at West Virginia as he gained 4,444 career yards rushing and receiving in four seasons. He can play wide receiver and running back, plus he will be great in the slot position on third downs. You could imagine how Kelly would love to put the blazing speed of DeSean Jackson and Austin on the field at the same time and keep NFL defensive coordinators up all night long before their games against the Birds.
If the Birds don’t get a shot at Austin they may be able to acquire Texas wide out Marquise Goodwin, who was also initially timed at 4.24.
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