Is Tavon Austin a possibility for the Dolphins at #12?

The Miami Dolphins have been adding pieces to their offense this offseason, to help accelerate Ryan Tannehill’s development.  The Dolphins brought in Mike Wallace, Dustin Keller, and Brandon Gibson, all of which add firepower to a Dolphins offense that had very little last season.  In fact, the Dolphins let their best playmaker from 2012 leave via free agency (Reggie Bush).  The Dolphins believe that Lamar Miller will be an upgrade over Bush, but that remains to be seen.  It’s impossible to deny that the Dolphins receiving corps has gotten better this offseason… least on paper.  So why then would we propose that the Dolphins select a wide receiver at #12 in the 1st round?  Watch this video….then read on:

After watching that, all I can say is: WOW!  Tavon Austin is viewed by experts as the most dynamic offensive playmaker in this draft.  He is considered a 1st round talent, but no one seems to know exactly how high he will go.  He’s only helped himself this offseason, posting a 4.34 40-yard dash and lighting it up in the Combine position drills and during his Pro Day.

The only major knock against Austin is his size.  He’s 5 foot, 8-1/2 inches tall.  He weighs 175 lbs.  In the NFL, that’s small, even if you are a kicker.  This was my major worry before even watching the tape on Austin.  Then, I made the mistake of watching the tape.  When you do, you see a guy that can break one for a touchdown at a moments notice.  He’s fluid in his running style and he catches the ball well.

Last season at West Virginia, Austin caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards (11.3 avg) and 12 TDs.  He also ran 72 times for 643 yards (8.9 avg) and 3 TDs.   That’s over 1,900 total yards with 15 TDs and that DOESN’T include his return yardage!   He also returned a punt for a TD and a kickoff for a TD.  He created 17 TDs last season for West Virginia and is a blur when running around the field.  The video above shows that he is elusive in the way that Davone Bess once was…..but with pure speed. (cont’d on page 2, click here)

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