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Tavon Austin

PROS AND CONS – WR TAVON AUSTIN

PROS and CONS – TAVON AUSTIN

14TAVON PROS AND CONS   WR TAVON AUSTIN

PROS

Tavon Austin is hands down the most electrifying player in this year’s draft class, his pre-draft buzz reminds me of when Reggie Bush and Percy Harvin were coming into the league. What really makes Austin an intriguing prospect, much like Reggie Bush, is that he not only has blazing speed but he has phenomenal college production to back up his hype.

Austin is as good as any slot receiver prospect that I have ever seen, he has elite “everything” except for size. His speed, explosiveness, lateral agility, hands, acceleration, vision, footwork and route running are all on an exceptional level.

PLAYER HT WT ARMS HANDS BENCH BROAD VERT 10Y T 40Y T
Tavon Austin 5-08 174 30 9 1/8 14 10.00 32 1.45 4.34


Austin’s big play potential is unreal; his skill to make defenders miss in space and his run after the catch speed will provide QB Tannehill with an effective hot-read target that can turn simple 5 yard check downs into massive gains and six points.What I like most about Austin, is his ability to win his routes very early in the pattern, much like Wes Welker and very much the opposite of Brian Hartline. Continue reading

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Brian Catanzaro’s Top 10 Fins Board Part II

Click here in case you missed my 6-10 list from yesterday: Part I

**3 RULES**

–Eliminate these 7 players from discussion who have little-to-no chance of being available at #12: QB Geno Smith, OT Luke Joeckel, OT Eric Fisher, DT Sharrif Floyd, DT Star Lotulelei, CB Dee Milliner

–Criticism is welcomed as long as it doesn’t begin with “We don’t need a ….” comment. I subscribe to the Giants/Ravens/Packers/Patriots draft philosophy of taking the best available player while using need as a tie-breaker. There is no reason to read on if you’re uncomfortable with that.

–This is MY board for the #12 pick, not Jeff Ireland’s.

5) WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee* (6-3, 207)
Closest NFL Comparison: Combination of Julio Jones (Falcons) and Torrey Smith (Ravens)
My #1 draft rule is this: always choose the freakish athlete over the need position. Patterson would either serve as a key wrinkle in the Dolphins’ WR unit special over the next 2 years, or replace Wallace/Hartline if one is cut before the 2015 season. Patterson combines 4.4/40 speed with playmaking instincts on a 6’3 – 207 pound frame. The Dolphins have contractual decisions to make wit Continue reading

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Miami Dolphins – Play-Maker Analysis – WRs

All it takes is one buzz word from an NFL GM to set the entire tone of an off-season. Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland did just that a couple weeks ago. In an interview at the Senior Bowl:

“We’re looking for play-makers on offense. Look, we had two guys with over 60 catches but we’ve got to find guys that are scoring touchdowns,” Ireland said, via the Palm Beach Post. “This is the year that you got to do something. We’re in a very good position to utilize some of our cap space to bring in some veteran players on our football team, and we’re in a very good position to bring in some young players from a draft standpoint.”

Ireland further defined what he was looking for in this off-season in an interview with the Joe Rose Show:

“Guys that disrupt the passer. Guys that disrupt the timing of a receiver in the route… Guys that catch interceptions. Guys that knock down balls. Guys that score touchdowns. Guys that can pick up chunk yardage. Guys that can run after catch. Guys that can create big plays on Continue reading
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Pre-Combine Scouting – Wide Receivers

 

Player Height Weight Proj 40 Proj Rd
1) Keenan Allen 6’3″ 210 4.5 1

Keenan is a big target with excellent length and catching radius. This ex-safety is a physical WR that excels at making tough catches in traffic. Although Keenan’s straight line speed is not elite, he has a sudden burst and change of direction that allows him to create separation and make plays in space.

I would have liked to see more down-field passing plays to Keenan, as his yards per catch numbers were on the conservative side, but it’s right to note his production in college was limited by poor QB play and a weak supporting cast at CAL.

Despite this, he had a stellar 2011 season, making big plays versus talented and well coached defenses. He had continued success in 2012 but was hampered by a minor knee injury that caused his production to dip.

Keenan has exceptionally quick feet for a player of his size, good lateral movement skills and has adequate ability to get off the jam. He is versatile and can fit just about anywhere in the formation, but has the makings of a Continue reading

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