New England Patriots NFL Scouting Combine 2013: Tavon Austin, Tyrann Mathieu

The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is in full force, and we have you covered with all the latest news and notes about potential New England Patriots targets in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin has been heavily linked to the New England Patriots for quite some time now, and his forty time results were at 4.25 and 4.31. The explosive slot receiver is ridiculously quick in short space, which is something Wes Welker is also well-regarded for. Austin didn’t always show the best long speed when stretching the field vertically at WVU, but these fort times show that he is coming into the draft even faster than expected. Austin would be a big weapon for any team, and the New England Patriots had to be impressed by just how fast his forty time was. If the Pats cannot keep Wes Welker, then Austin is probably the best pick for the Pats.

4.25. This guy is awesome.

Some Patriots fans would like the team to take a flier on Tyrann Mathieu in the later rounds, just like they did last year with Alfonzo Dennard. Mathieu’s concerns are actually bigger than Dennard’s, but off-the-field issues do have a tendency to get weighed in too much (interestingly enough, Ryan Mallett is an example of this).

Mathieu measured in at 5-foot-8 3/4 and 186 pounds, and the size is only a concern if you actually thought the former LSU Tigers star would play on the outside at CB in the pros. That’s not going to happen, because Mathieu’s aggressive Cortland Finnegan-like covering and size are best suited for the slot. This guy is pesky, and his forty speed will dictate just where he goes. Some say that if his forty time his quick enough (below 4.5), then Mathieu would likely be picked a couple of rounds higher than we think.

You can follow Joe Soriano on Twitter @SorianoJoe.

Topics: Football, LSU Tigers, New England Patriots, Tavon Austin, Tyrann Mathieu, West Virginia Mountaineers

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