We continue the insider scouting series today, looking at another potential 2013 NFL Draft prospect for the Miami Dolphins. As always, we turn to the SB Nation blog covering the prospect's college for an insider look.
After three straight defensive prospects, we return to the offense with the first of several wide receiver insider looks. Today, we get a look at West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin from The Smoking Musket manager WVUIE97.
Tavon Austin is the most versatile player in this draft. He is blessed with an absolute elusiveness that prevents him that from taking many, if any direct hits. This fact has allowed him to have a complete college career without missing so much as a practice with any injury. Some fans have complained about him sometimes ducking out of bounds when he could have had another yard or two, but many believe this practice has prolonged his health. Yes, he's small, but very strong for his size and will immediately be one of the fastest players in the NFL from the get go. He has excellent hands and has been described by more than one of his coaches as impossible to tackle in a phone booth.
As to his versatility, look no further than his game against Oklahoma this past season. That game, he lined up at running back, wide out and punt/kick returner and fell just short of the NCAA all purpose yardage record by less than 10 yards against a good Oklahoma team. He starts and stops on a dime and achieves full speed almost immediately.
Tavon has had no off-field issues that have ever been reported and will be a more durable version of Percy Harvin at the next level.
A big thank you WVUIE. For more on Austin, as well as all things West Virginia, check out The Smoking Musket .
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