Tavon Austin is an NFL team's worst nightmare. At the combine Austin ran a 4.34 in the 40 yard dash, and came into the building weighing 174 pounds - at only 5'8' tall. He doesn't fit the prototype of a wide receiver, and his primary fit in the NFL will most likely end up being in the slot based on his size.
The reason why Austin is a nightmare for NFL teams, is because of his play-making skills while at West Virginia. Let's take a look at his stats in his final year with Mountaineers: 1289 receiving yards on 114 receptions and 12 touchdowns in the air. He also had 72 rushing attempts and 643 yards on the ground with 3 scores Combine this with his return skills: combined kickoffs and punts - 48 returns, 978 yards and 2 touchdowns. All that is in ONE year.
Austin might be small in stature, but when he has the ball in his hands, he can make plays. Since the combine has ended, almost every mock draft had Austin falling to the St. Louis Rams with their 16 pick in the first round. Recently, it's looking as though Austin won't be available. According to Jim Thomas over at the Post Dispatch, sources are saying that the Rams have been in a debate over Austin.
It's not a surprise the Rams are debating him. Some people (me) don't think that his size can take the pounding of a 16 game NFL season. All of this talk is making the draft wait unbearable.
So here's the question: If Austin is there at #16, should the Rams draft him?