Tavon Austin says he's best available in draft

Tavon Austin says he's best available in draft
February 23, 2013, 7:00 pm
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As anyone who watched him at West Virginia or at Baltimore’s Dunbar High knows, Tavon Austin doesn’t lack for speed or moves. He also doesn’t lack for confidence.

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine, the wide receiver/kick returner said: “I think I am the all-around best player in the draft.”

He’s not necessarily ranked as the top receiver available this year, and that has much to do with his lack of size at 5 feet 8, 174 pounds. Mock drafts put him near the end of the first round, which means he could conceivably drop to the Ravens at the final spot in Round 1, but their biggest needs are at linebacker and defensive line.

Austin dismisses concerns about his size, saying: “No, it definitely shouldn’t be a problem. I haven’t missed a game in eight years [going back to high school], so I think my durability should be pretty good.”

(Of course, back at Dunbar, opponents had trouble even catching him, much less hurting him. Here’s a reminder of how that went.)

Austin could be ticketed for the Patriots, who may be parting ways with their undersized but extremely productive slot receiver, Wes Welker. In fact, Austin mentioned Welker as someone whom he has been studying on tape.

(Thanks, Pro Football Talk.)