On Tuesday, February 26th, the 2013 NFL Combine came to a close in Indianapolis. The four-day event from Lucas Oil Stadium provided an opportunity for prospects and NFL teams alike, to become more familiar with one another. As one of the most significant annual pre-draft events, it helps to clear up any questions pertaining to player character and/or ability.
There were a few prospects that blew up the combine with their elite physical gifts. For some players, the combine numbers really helped support what they put on tape during their NCAA careers. For instance, West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin helped fuel his draft stock with a blazing performance in Indy.
Austin ran a 4.34 forty (4.25 unofficial) in front of scouts, which really turned some heads.
At only 5'8, there were some serious questions about his ability to be a difference-maker in the NFL. If he didn't bring anything unique to the game, it was becoming harder to envision him as a contributing wide receiver. Austin showed explosiveness and top-end speed at the combine, solidifying his spot in the first round.
There are going to be a lot of teams that want a piece of Austin, envisioning him as a receiver, rusher and return specialist for their franchise. He brings a great deal of a value and should be thrilled with the impression he left on NFL teams.
He will be a Day 1 pick for sure.
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