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Dec 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin (1) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

 

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports believes West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin is one of the most underrated prospects in this years’ NFL Draft, and even goes on to say the 5-foot-8 bundle of fire will be a star in the NFL:

Austin has a swagger. But more important, he has the speed to back it up. To watch Austin on tape is to see one of the more explosive players I’ve ever seen in the college ranks. He has breakaway ability as a receiver, returner and even as a running back.

It’s too easy to try to fit him neatly into the NFL scouting box, where receivers under 6-feet don’t deserve first-round hype. That’s a mistake. This kid will prove that wrong.

In West Virginia’s fast-paced offense in 2012, Austin caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns, excelled as a returner and also rushed 72 times for 643 yards. Every time he touched the ball, he was a threat to take it all the way.

 

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Topics: Marcus Lattimore, Matt Barkley, NFL Draft, Tavon Austin

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