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    'Only One' Tavon Austin

    This is my case FOR Tavon Austin. I remember watching a video back in the day of how Bill Walsh decided on if Jerry Rice was going to be a good pro due to not playing against top tier talent. He responded saying " Just watch game tape and if he doesn't constantly jump off the screen as being a guy you want on your team." I've kinda used that same type of mentality while searching for prospects I'd want for my team. Anytime I watch a highlight reel of Austin or a play reel he always seems to jump off the screen as in a 'WoW' type of guy regardless who he plays against. Here is a video of his senior highlights tell me what you think. At 3:34 he practically turns on the afterburners and out runs Vaccaro. I think the thing that has sold me on Austin more than anything is how he is. He is not a me player or a huge showboat. When he scores the ball goes straight to the official, he celebrates with his teammates after a success, and this video of his Pro Day which starts at :38 Tell me you wouldn't want him on your team after watching what he says!!
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    Re: 'Only One' Tavon Austin

    Impressive... He just appeared to have a separate gear that the rest of the college players didn't have. I just wonder how that will translate to the NFL level and will his small frame be able to take the abuse.
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    Re: 'Only One' Tavon Austin

    If the Rams take Austin, they will have to commit to utilizing his skills creatively. You want to put him in motion, have him run reverses, line him up in the backfield...

    That type of approach will give defenses fits, as they will be constantly worrying about who is matching up with Tavon for fear that he might break a big play. He's be this team's version of Az Hakim (including as a punt returner - hopefully without the fumbles).

    The question is, does this type of role make him too much of a "specialist" to warrant a first round pick? In my opinion, the answer is "no" because the Rams have two first round picks to spend. I think #16 is probably too early to take him, but I'd give him strong consideration at #22.

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    Re: 'Only One' Tavon Austin

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    If the Rams take Austin, they will have to commit to utilizing his skills creatively. You want to put him in motion, have him run reverses, line him up in the backfield...

    That type of approach will give defenses fits, as they will be constantly worrying about who is matching up with Tavon for fear that he might break a big play. He's be this team's version of Az Hakim (including as a punt returner - hopefully without the fumbles).

    The question is, does this type of role make him too much of a "specialist" to warrant a first round pick? In my opinion, the answer is "no" because the Rams have two first round picks to spend. I think #16 is probably too early to take him, but I'd give him strong consideration at #22.
    Imagine Ds having to account for Austin, wherever hes lined up, along with the size and speed of Cook in the slot, and the blazing speed of Givens outside. Wow. And if Quick develops, this would instantly be a VERY explosive offense. Something we havent seen in about a decade.
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    Re: 'Only One' Tavon Austin

    I love the idea of adding Austin to the team. He's explosive, and will cause massive mismatches. He's so dynamic. He can play Slot, HB, KR/PuntR, even outside. I just wonder, is Schotty too stupid to utilize him to his full potential? Can he devise game-plans that will suit Austin and cause those massive mismatches? If Fisher and Snead feel like he can, then take him!
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    Re: 'Only One' Tavon Austin

    I certainly agree with Mayock that Austin is the best playmaker in the draft. So if you're a team in dire need of playmakers, you'd be the biggest fool in town to pass on him if given the oportunity to draft him.

    Unfortunately for the Rams, I believe they'll have to jump up in front of Carolina to get him.

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    Re: 'Only One' Tavon Austin

    If the Rams can get Warmack at 16 and Austin at 22, they should design a play in which Tavon runs behind Chance - the defense would never see him! (maybe they could call the play the "eclipse")
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    Re: 'Only One' Tavon Austin

    I love this guy! Everyone always talks about how small he is but like he said, he hasn't missed a game in 8 years

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    Re: 'Only One' Tavon Austin

    i liked him alright before...but seeing his attitude is a positive for sure

    awesome to see a guy that fast as always, and my size too! lol
    but still...i just don't, idk...i think he'd be great as a slot and/or returner but idk about a first round pick, but more than likely he'd be picked before the second round....ehck

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    Re: 'Only One' Tavon Austin

    Quote Originally Posted by FestusRam View Post
    Imagine Ds having to account for Austin, wherever hes lined up, along with the size and speed of Cook in the slot, and the blazing speed of Givens outside. Wow. And if Quick develops, this would instantly be a VERY explosive offense. Something we havent seen in about a decade.
    Hey don't forget about the other Austin' , Pettis that is! He played fairly mature towards the end of the season, I liked his composure as one of our better receivers. The best part is, they've all got room to grow, and with this coaching staff the sky is the limit...

    On a side note, I find it great how we lose Amendola and Action Jackson, surely two very seasoned vets with plenty of football left in the tank, yet this offense doesn't looks to be in chaos. I guess that's what happens when you get the best OT in free agency.
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    Re: 'Only One' Tavon Austin

    After watching that video I'm excited to see more about this guy. The guy is electrifying and has a certain aura about him. Here's what I noticed from that video:

    Positives
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    - Definitely a playmaker. He will be a player defenses need to account for based on speed, agility, and the vision he has with the ball.
    - Confidence. He has a pure football confidence that one has when he knows he's one of the best players on the field. There's no empty "swagger" or attempt to play himself up.
    - Ball carrier vision. You hear the announcers say "Houdini" multiple times, and it's true. The guy sees the hole and he uses his blockers. Several times throughout that video, I saw a stutter step that some would call showboating, but was actually him slowing down for blockers or trying to slow a defender down before turning on the burners.
    - Speed. This guy is fast. There's really not anything else to be said.
    - Like was mentioned earlier, I LOVE a player who tosses the ball to a ref after a play or touchdown. Celebrating is fine, but this is the type of respect I like to see out of a player (especially one in a position like HB or WR).

    Concerns (I don't want to say Negatives, because they may not be factors when all is said and done)
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    - Size. Can this guy compete with physical corners and elite LB's? I never saw him get jammed off the line. Does he disappear?
    - Hands. He lined up as a RB alot on that video, and we saw him make catches at the WR spot. The problem I had was when he was making catches, he was letting the ball come to him most of the time. I want a top prospect to pick the ball out of the air and go after it. I saw it occasionally, but it needs to be second nature.
    - Is he actually a WR? Right now, we have needs at WR and RB. This guy could potentially fill either role if he has the durability. With his size I don't think I want him taking 25+ snaps at RB in the NFL, but with the concerns as a WR (from my previous point), it would scare me to depend on him as your number 1 guy.

    This guy seems like a stud slot receiver or a good change of pace RB for a runner like SJax. Is that ultimately worth a pick in the top half of the first? I don't think so. However, I love this kids attitude and play-making ability. If he can come in and be a good #1 or #2 WR, or transition to NFL HB, I'm all for it.

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    Re: 'Only One' Tavon Austin

    The Rams FO did quote their was going to be a bigger premium on explosive football players. So I definitely wouldn't rule out Tavon Austin becoming a St.Louis Ram on draft day. However, Im a lot more inclined to think the Rams will be looking for a more out and out WR for the offense. Especially after letting Brandon Gibson walk in FA. A talent like C.Patterson would be a better fit for the offense, but could well be taken before the Rams make their first pick. I feel Keenan Allen is a better bet, but is he explosive enough for the FO's liking.?

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    Re: 'Only One' Tavon Austin

    I have to admit, it was really exciting to watch those highlights. On the other hand, at the end of each play I was cringing, thinking "GET DOWN LITTLE MAN!".

    Sauceman brings up a good point about getting jammed at the LOS. Anyone have any insight on this? How physical at the line is he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shower beers View Post
    I have to admit, it was really exciting to watch those highlights. On the other hand, at the end of each play I was cringing, thinking "GET DOWN LITTLE MAN!".

    Sauceman brings up a good point about getting jammed at the LOS. Anyone have any insight on this? How physical at the line is he?
    I dont know about how physical he is at the LOS, but he's so fast and quick i dont see how he gets touched off the line. I heard this on a movie or somewhere, and it reminds me of austin. "He's so fast he can turn off the bedrom light and be in bed before it gets dark".

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    "He's so fast he can turn off the bedrom light and be in bed before it gets dark".

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