West Virginia Mountaineers star wide receiver Tavon Austin is consistently rated as the No. 1 receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft class. Teams and scouts are falling in love with Austin as a prospect because of his incredible quickness. There are some well-respected draft analysts that call Austin the quickest player they have ever evaluated.
Austin has the skill set to succeed in the NFL and looks to be a dynamic playmaker for whatever team makes him their selections.
Up until now, there have not been many concerns surrounding Austin as a prospect, but in a report from Bob McGinn in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, it is being reported that Austin received an awful score of 7 on the Wonderlic test.
That’s not ideal for a NFL player at any position.
However, for some reason, it looks like scouts aren’t worried about Austin’s ability to pick up an offense because of his willingness to stick his nose in a playbook and study.
“He’s not a quick study and it will take him a little time,” one personnel director told McGinn in his report. “He will work at it. He cares greatly about it.”
Austin didn’t perform poorly in interviews, so teams feel a lot more comfortable taking what could be a “mental risk.” He’s a hard worker that loves the game of football and everyone feels comfortable knowing that he will work his hardest to live up to his potential.
We will find out for sure if his low Wonderlic score will hurt his draft stock next week. We wouldn’t expect it to do any damage.