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2013 Draft Combine Update: Tavon Austin, Ryan Swope Post Impressive Numbers

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Going into today’s offensive skill position workouts, most scouts and experts expected Marquise Goodwin, wide receiver from Texas, to post solid times in the 40 yard dash. He’s a track athlete who competed on the highest levels a college athlete can in track events in between Longhorn football seasons. But when Tavon Austin and Ryan Swope showed up, they did so as productive receivers in college, looking to back up their on-the-field efforts with solid workouts. As far as measurables go, Swope and Austin did just that.

Tavon Austin posted an unofficial 4.25 second 40 yard dash, only to have it adjusted to 4.34 for official timing. Swope also posted a 4.34 in his 40, and disproved scouting reports doubting his straight line speed. Swope also leaped up the charts with a 37 inch vertical leap, and for the 6 foot tall wide receiver, this creates a potent mix of size, speed, and leaping ability. Austin posted a top time in the 20 yard shuttle, and Swope put up good numbers in the 3 cone drill, meaning both receivers showed good burst, balance, and agility in these drills.

Swope has been a player I have mentioned as a possible target for the Buccaneers in the middle rounds, and he did put on a solid display in his workouts. He did falter a bit in catching drills, which isn’t encouraging for a potential slot receiver, but his body of work shows a reliable receiver. Austin is likely going to be drafted too high for the Buccaneers to justify selecting him, but he would give the Buccaneers a dynamic weapon on offense and on special teams that could give Tampa Bay an unprecedented group of playmakers.

Check out Austin’s NFL.com draft profile here. You can find Swope’s here. And stay tuned to the Pewter Plank for more updates on the NFL Combine, and the 2013 NFL Draft.

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