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Top 10 for Tavon?

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He’s small, but he’s an impact player.  As one G.M. privately put it at the Scouting Combine, “He runs like he has a rocket in his ass.”

West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin could be riding that rocket all the way to the top 10.

Currently, Austin’s sweet spot widely is believed to be somewhere between 13 with the Jets and 16 with the Rams.  As the start of the draft approaches, that range could be going up, into the bottom of the first 10 picks.

One source who has demonstrated to us in the past that he is as plugged in as anyone when the draft approaches believes that Austin will indeed be one of the first 10 players selected.

Whether the source is right or wrong will be determined soon.  Either way, it’ll be fun to watch.

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64 Responses to “Top 10 for Tavon?”
  1. h3min1230 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:33 PM

    Can you guys just take the rest of the day off, nothing from now until 8pm is true..

  2. wvuandsteelers says: Apr 25, 2013 2:33 PM

    I think Buffalo at 8 is actually the first spot we could see him going. Agree St. Louis at 16 is probably the floor.

    Would love to see him and Geno land with the Jets, though.

  3. thesteelers says: Apr 25, 2013 2:33 PM

    Bills.

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 25, 2013 2:33 PM

    Santana Moss Jr. Just like Moss, Austin will be a Top 5 WR in professional Football.

  5. duncanthecat says: Apr 25, 2013 2:35 PM

    Niners are lurking in the shadows.

  6. kingpel says: Apr 25, 2013 2:35 PM

    Bunch of hype. Top GMs planting seeds through the media to lure poor and inexperienced GMs into biting early while Allen and Patterson drop to the teams that covet them in later rounds. Austin is a slot receiver.

  7. citizenstrange says: Apr 25, 2013 2:37 PM

    As Dan Pastorini said of Earl Campbell …
    “He runs like he has a rocket in his butt and a gyroscope in his stomach.”

  8. chc4 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:38 PM

    When was Santana Moss ever a top 5 WR in the league? You must be referring to one of your Madden seasons.

  9. bigkountry24 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:39 PM

    Please not the JETS….They dont have anyone to throw to him.

  10. vmannj says: Apr 25, 2013 2:39 PM

    9 to NYJ. No matter who the QB is, they need playmakers. Jets often try to make a “splash” on draft day (Coples, Sanchez, Gholston). Austin fits that mold.

  11. revischrist16 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:39 PM

    “he has a rocket in his ass”

    lol

  12. fumblenuts says: Apr 25, 2013 2:41 PM

    “He runs like he has a rocket in his ass.”

    The “next” Percy Harvin…….Mark it!

  13. wryly1 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:41 PM

    Because Austin’s the flavor of the week, a couple teams will feel they have to trade up into top 10 to get him.

  14. ampats says: Apr 25, 2013 2:41 PM

    I am guessing the Cardinals at 7. Arians will look for weapons to open up the offense with Palmer/Fitz/Floyd and Austin

  15. 21stnprime says: Apr 25, 2013 2:43 PM

    What is keeping the Browns from taking him at 6

  16. blippityboom says: Apr 25, 2013 2:44 PM

    i had Carolina tabbing Austin in my mock draft.

  17. bsanders4518 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:45 PM

    LIONS at 5!

  18. zinn22 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:45 PM

    I would love to see one of the guards go to the Jets at 9 and Austin at 13. Draft a QB in round 2 or 3 and suddenly the Jets might have an offense.

  19. rarelyclever says: Apr 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    With a rocket in his ass, he’s practically a Jet already.

  20. dontcorrectmeplz says: Apr 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    I hope Buffalo takes him if he’s there at 8. Would be a shame if they took a QB that high when they can grab a decent one (Landry Jones) in the later rounds.

  21. themagicman1223 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    Right now he’s hoping the Jets don’t snag him at #9.

  22. seatownballers says: Apr 25, 2013 2:51 PM

    Sorry pft. But today is all speculation. I’m sick of it. Ill stay off the website today. Teams should just stick with there original plan , unless teams are offering julio jones/Cleveland compensation.
    Best of luck

  23. walker615 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:55 PM

    Anyone who is doubting this story is, IMO, mistaken. This has looked like the case for a while now, PFT has just been behind. I think he’ll go between 4 and 8. 4 might sound crazy, but he’s far and away the biggest weapon in the draft, and can you imagine him in chips offense??

  24. laxman1944 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:58 PM

    Philly at 4……could be scary

  25. inyofaceagain says: Apr 25, 2013 2:58 PM

    YES

  26. jconn1987 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:58 PM

    I’ve got 15 players going in the Top 10 according to all my sources. I’m tired of this.
    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)

  27. subzero00 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:02 PM

    Bills are planting the seed to take kings ransom like the Julio deal 2 years ago. They will then drop back in the 1st round grab the QB they wanted all along, most likely Nas.

  28. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:02 PM

    He has a rocket in his ass and could be riding that rocket all the way to the top 10? Florio, have you been to my tailgaiting camper in Green Bay?

  29. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:05 PM

    You should stop by on game days.

  30. mobuccsfan says: Apr 25, 2013 3:05 PM

    Just read (more smoke/rumor) that SD is picking 2 in a trade with Jacksonville? Anyone else heard anything on this to confirm? Wouldn’t be surprised…J’Ville needs more picks and depth and San Diego definitely needs some OL help. The targeted pick is Joeckel since everyone believes the Chiefs are taking Fisher…man is it 8 p.m. yet? I love the draft and can’t see how many surprises and trades their will be.

  31. p1stol34 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:10 PM

    “Can you guys just take the rest of the day off, nothing from now until 8pm is true..”

    Yet you’re still clicking on the site. Maybe you should just tune out til 8:00.

  32. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Apr 25, 2013 3:10 PM

    Sometimes good things come in a small
    package.

  33. corduroy88 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:13 PM

    A rocket in his ass? I hope he doesn’t mistakenly put it in the wrong way.

  34. scwildcat87 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:16 PM

    Please don’t let him go to the Panthers….he’s a flavor of the moment and not a suitable replacement for Smitty

  35. patriots420 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:18 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Apr 25, 2013 2:33 PM
    Santana Moss Jr. Just like Moss, Austin will be a Top 5 WR in professional Football.

    So he will turn out to be a no account “just good enough to keep hanging around the league” type wr? You must have forgot to put a 0 at the end of Top 5 but hey even the voice of Allah’s team is allowed to make a typo occasionally. I’m sure Austin will see top 5 tho.

  36. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:18 PM

    @elways
    You just keep telling yourself that.

  37. garyhd01 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:22 PM

    my rams are sitting at 16 and 22 2 yrs ago we wanted Julio jones someone jumped up and snagged him then last year we wanted Blackmon at 6 the jags grabbed him at 5 so the rams could jump up to 8 trade with buffalo to get tavon or the could stand pat or they could trade down actually listened to fisher and snead on a pod cast and except for saying buffalo they said all the may go up may go down may sit may trade one up and the other down

  38. seaeagle707 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:23 PM

    Trouble is if he goes to the Jets it’ll pretty much be the end of his career. With no one to consistently get the ball to him, his numbers will stink. Then when he jumps at the first chance in free agency, he won’t have much to bargain with.
    Better he should go to New England, where there is a competent QB and HC.

    Or even Cleveland.

  39. lanjoith says: Apr 25, 2013 3:26 PM

    The more QB’s & WR’s & DE/OLB’s that go in the top 10, the better chance SD has of landing a solid OL or maybe even Star.

  40. 27xplayoffs says: Apr 25, 2013 3:30 PM

    Tavon or Manti?

  41. flaccodelic says: Apr 25, 2013 3:30 PM

    There are some things I’m sure I’d like about being a top pro football prospect, but being described as running like I had a rocket up my butt is not one of them.

  42. aboveaveragejoe11 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:31 PM

    Wow, a rocket in the ass might even be faster than taping a cheetah to your back.

    It’s not Tavon’s speed as much as his shiftiness, IMO. The guy is slippery. Defenders never get good angles or he outruns their angles. I’ve never seen him take a big hit even when he played RB and carried 20 times against Texas. He was the most explosive player in college football last season. He scores in multiple ways and is a serious threat to house it every time he touches the ball. A no-brainer top 10 pick.

  43. dlk47823 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:33 PM

    Jets have done well with most #1s, Wilkerson, Ferguson, Mangold, keller, Coples, revis. Have quite a few good #’s also…..They’ll have a strong draft.

  44. wilcoxdm87 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:42 PM

    @logicalvoicesays says:

    The CFL is also considered “professional” football. Makes sense.

  45. dannyreneau says: Apr 25, 2013 3:52 PM

    “Can you guys just take the rest of the day off, nothing from now until 8pm is true..”

    i love the comment section on PFT :)

  46. kleppnasty says: Apr 25, 2013 3:54 PM

    Him to Buffalo makes a lot of sense. They don’t need a QB that high and the coach got to see him in person for 3 years now.

  47. shinedown37 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:56 PM

    Packers trade up for him with the loss of Jennings they need another WR. He fits the bill to what they need a guy that can stretch the field like Jennings. Then again 29 other teams could trade up for him too.

  48. musicman495 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:57 PM

    Folks, do you know what West Virginia’s record was last year with Geno Smith AND Tavon Austin? 7-6, 4-5 in the Big 12 conference. Know what the score of their last same was last year? They got crushed 38-14 by Syracuse. I may not know much, but I think if I were drafting at the top of the draft, I might keep these facts in mind.

  49. vikes69 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:58 PM

    will be a great #3 wr and punt/kick returner..thats all

  50. fissels says: Apr 25, 2013 4:06 PM

    It kinda depends where the rocket is pointing

  51. 4thqtrsaint says: Apr 25, 2013 4:09 PM

    Reggie Bush ran the same way, he just couldn’t break a tackle

  52. granadafan says: Apr 25, 2013 4:09 PM

    This year’s Darius Heyward Bey. Bust. Go for the sure thing in Keenan Allen.

  53. scwildcat87 says: Apr 25, 2013 4:14 PM

    Allen,Hopkins,Patterson, and Hunter seem like better long term options to me

  54. jnvd3b says: Apr 25, 2013 4:18 PM

    rarelyclever says:Apr 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    With a rocket in his ass, he’s practically a Jet already.
    ____________________

    He said rocket in his ass, not bullet in his leg…

  55. matzahballz says: Apr 25, 2013 4:20 PM

    Lions fan. I mentioned it in the Ansah posting earlier but if all 3 T’s are gone, we take Austin! He is the ultimate weapon in this draft, pairing him with CJ and Bush alone is lethal. He immediately makes other players in our O (Pettigrew/Scheffler/Burleson) open to contribute and especially upgrades ST. The draft is different from years past as was evident during last years draft w/all the trades and lower contracts. It’s deep and we can get OL/DE later in the draft.

    Regardless nothing we say matters until tonight. It’s a holiday, everyone enjoy the excitement!

  56. baddegg says: Apr 25, 2013 4:20 PM

    He’s small, but he’s an impact player. As one G.M. privately put it at the Scouting Combine, “He runs like he has a rocket in his ass.”
    —————-
    Um, ok, that’s a little disturbing. Were they talking about Tavon Auston or Mante Teo?

  57. glazerh8er says: Apr 25, 2013 4:26 PM

    This is getting to the point where every single thing I read about the draft is just meaningless. Why would any team give out credible info, this year more than most for some reason is just filled with BS. I think the Bucs and Ronde already know what he’s going to do and it hasn’t come out because they don’t want to show their cards, but hey, that’s just me making stuff up.

  58. fissels says: Apr 25, 2013 4:33 PM

    Sometimes it seems like a guy’s stock rising like this is kinda phoney. An agent perhaps?

  59. sportsbastard says: Apr 25, 2013 4:41 PM

    Austin’s a smaller version of Ted Ginn Jr., Patterson is the better long term play at WR.

  60. XRayTiD says: Apr 25, 2013 5:09 PM

    With all of the possible teams that may trade up for him, it’s very likely that he doesn’t make it out of the top 10. If for whatever reason he does make it past the top 10 then the Jets will take him at 13 (if they’re smart anyway)

  61. zevo49 says: Apr 25, 2013 5:27 PM

    NINERS ARE LIKE A SNAKE IN WAITING FOR THE MEAL TO CROSS HIS PATH AND THEN HE SNAPS AT THE FIRST MEAL COMING THEIR WAY AND THAT IS THE JETS 14TH PICK TO GET THE PLAYER OF THEIR CHOICE AND WAIT THEY MOVE UP AGAIN INTO THE 20′S TO GET ANOTHER PLAYER THEY COVET. THE NINERS ARE KING OF THE HILL WITH NOBODY CLOSE TO THEM.

  62. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 25, 2013 5:55 PM

    Yeah he’s going in the Top 10

  63. eastcoastninerfan says: Apr 25, 2013 6:29 PM

    zevo49 says:
    Apr 25, 2013 5:27 PM
    NINERS ARE LIKE A SNAKE IN WAITING FOR THE MEAL…

    I’m a Niners fan and clicked the thumbs down on this one. We may be deep with picks, but….ALL CAPS?

  64. aboveaveragejoe11 says: Apr 25, 2013 8:10 PM

    musicman495 says:
    Apr 25, 2013 3:57 PM
    Folks, do you know what West Virginia’s record was last year with Geno Smith AND Tavon Austin? 7-6, 4-5 in the Big 12 conference. Know what the score of their last same was last year? They got crushed 38-14 by Syracuse. I may not know much, but I think if I were drafting at the top of the draft, I might keep these facts in mind.

    ==============
    So what you’re saying is top 10 players only come from teams with dominant records that win their bowl game? Playing a good Syracuse team in their home state in bad weather doesn’t define the individuals in question. Neither does the 70-33 whooping they gave a very good Clemson team the year before in the Orange Bowl. As I recall, neither Geno nor Tavon played on the defensive side of the ball. If not for WVU’s historically pathetic defense, their record would be 2-3 wins better and somehow elevate their draft stock based on things that happened while they weren’t on the field? Sound logic.

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