Tavon Austin (WR), West Virginia
5-8 | 174 lbs.
114 receptions, 1,289 yards, 12 TD
Possesses rare start/stop explosion and has the ability to get open in an instant. Austin’s elite speed was on display every time he stepped on the field and was backed up at the NFL Combine with a 4.34 time in the 40-yard dash. His speed creates space before the snap and often creates even more room to work as his route progresses. Extremely versatile player who can be used at wide receiver, running back and in the return game.
Small frame will take even more of a pounding at the next level. Austin’s athleticism is a blessing and a curse. Sometimes he relies on one too many moves and goes east-west instead of north-south or just simply taking what the play has given him. Small hands will make certain catches more difficult.
Fit for the Bears:
The Bears’ receiving core is as promising as it has ever been entering a draft with Brandon Marshall, Earl Bennett and Alshon Jeffery in the stable. Austin could be the perfect complement to the group and would be a nice weapon for new head coach Marc Trestman. No one is sure what to expect from Devin Hester in 2013, and the same can be said about the rest of players left at the position on the roster, which makes Austin a legitimate possibility for the Bears.