Tavon Austin may have solidified first-round status with a fast 40

Posted Feb 24, 2013

West Virginia's Tavon Austin ran an unofficial 4.25 and 4.31 at the NFL Scouting Combine this morning, solidifying his first-round status, says Tim Twentyman

Tavon Austin

INDIANAPOLIS – Speed kills in the NFL and receivers Tavon Austin and Marquise Goodwin put on a show at the NFL Scouting Combine this morning.

Both players clocked hand-timed unofficial times of 4.25 on their first attempts at the 40-yard dash.

Austin blazed two attempts in 4.25 and 4.31. Goodwin went 4.25 and 4.29.

Chris Johnson ran the fastest official 40-yard-dash in combine history at 4.24.

Both Austin and Goodwin put the media on notice Friday that something special could be in the works. They didn't disappoint.

After Sunday's performance, the 5-foot-8, 174-pound Austin isn't likely to get out of the first round of April's draft.

Unlike other players who have come in a run fast times, Austin has the game tape to back up his terrific workout.

He's a football player, who just so happens to have track speed.

In his senior season at West Virginia last year, Austin caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns, ran the ball 72 times for 643 yards and three touchdowns, returned 15 punts for 165 yards and one touchdown, and returned 33 kickoffs for 813 yards and a score.

Goodwin, on the other hand, has a reputation as being more of a track guy, who happens to play football.

A two-time Texas Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Goodwin participated in the London Olympics on the USA Track and Field Team.

On the gridiron, he never caught more than 33 passes in any of his four seasons at Texas, and scored seven total touchdowns.

He showed terrific downfield speed at the Senior Bowl last month, and made some plays, but had inconsistent hands and was far from a polished product.

His showing Sunday might have helped him move from a late-round pick to a third-round pick, though.

Again, speed kills in the NFL and creative offensive coordinators love to find ways to get the football into the hands of players with this kind of speed Austin and Goodwin put on display Sunday morning.