Former West Virginia Mountaineers standout Tavon Austin has seen his draft stock rise big time after an incredible forty time at the 2013 NFL Combine, and the New England Patriots probably won’t be able to take him with the #29 pick anymore. Austin used to be regularly mocked to the Patriots, but, judging by the number of teams set to work him out or meet with him in some fashion, that’s unlikely to happen.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, and Carolina Panthers are going to work out Tavon Austin. All three teams could use another wide receiver, and Austin’s playmaking ability would be a welcome addition to these three teams. The Pats could lose Wes Welker to free agency and could still use a playmaker if they do keep him, the Ravens need a talented WR to replace Anquan Boldin, and the Panthers have never had a legitimate No. 2 receiver to pair with Steve Smith for quite some time now.
The Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins will also meet with Austin, who could really be picked anywhere. With the way some teams have him rated, though, it seems impossible for Austin to fall out of the first round- let alone the top 20 or 25. Austin is a coveted player, but some believe he is overrated and not worth a first-round pick. A scout told NJ.com that he is like DeSean Jackson without the deep ability (which is true), but I would argue that Austin is a much better route-runner with much better hands. Therefore, he is deserving of a first-round pick, but I think he’s more of a 20-32 prospect who rose a bit too much do to his 40 time.
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