In the early stages of the 2013 Scouting Combine we analyzed whether or not Tennessee WR Coreddelle Patterson would be a good fit with the Vikings because NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks identified the Vikings as one of five potential landing spots for the electric playmaker. Many Vikings fans would welcome Patterson to the Purple with open arms in hopes that he would jump start a passing offense looking to improve in 2013.
But many other Vikings fans feel the same way about another receiver who is generating a buzz on Sunday in Indianapolis – West Virginia’s Tavon Austin. The WRs are going through their on-field workouts on Sunday, and Austin’s performance in the 40-yard dash was impressive. We can’t post official numbers in this space, but you can check them out for yourself here.
Impressive performances are the norm for Austin, though. As a senior in 2012, Austin had double-digit receptions in 8 of 13 games and he had 100+ receiving yards in a game 6 times. Also, there were only 2 games in which Austin didn’t find the end zone. For the season, Austin had 114 receptions for 1,289 yards and 12 TDs to go along with an 8.9-yards per carry average and 3 TDs on 72 carries. In 4 seasons, Austin scored 35 offensive TDs and was also a talented returner.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock had high praise for Austin during Sunday’s coverage of the Combine.
“You want to talk about one of the most electric players I’ve ever seen in college football,” Mayock said, “he put a performance on against the University of Oklahoma that was one of the most amazing I’ve ever seen. Over 500 yards of offense — he played mostly tailback.”
In that game, Austin 21 times for 344 yards and 2 TDs. The performances underscored the notion that Austin’s skill set is unique and is the type of characteristic that could help him make a difference for an NFL team.
“In the NFL, it’s all about matchups, and this young man is a matchup nightmare,” Mayock said. “What I love about (Austin), he’s got good hands. We already know he can run, we know how quick he is. I know he’s tough. And he’s a game-changer.”
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