[QUOTE=gregorygrant83;1064651793]I was watch the Dolphins - Bengals game and started thinking about the comparison of Hawkins and Austin. Hawkins is 5'7 180, runs a 4.3 40 and is just as quick and elusive as Austin. Austin might have slightly better hands but the players seem very close. Last year Hawkins finished with 51 receptions for 533 yards with 336 of those yards coming after the catch.
I'm not saying Miami should trade for Hawkins, but if they offered a third round pick I'm sure they could get him. So if Hawkins value is equal to a third round pick, or maybe later, what extra does Austin bring to the table that would make him worth the 12th overall pick.
Tavon Austin is a freak of nature. He can outrun every other player. He can stop and change direction in a nanosecond. In fact his evasive skills appear unique. Is he too small for the NFL? Yes. Is he high a very high risk draft prospect? Yes, but he also has the skills to inflict considerable damage to other teams. He averaged something like 294 rushing yards per game. He is simply a freak and we have a chance to draft him.
You can say that Hawkins is equivalent size and speed but he is simply not in Austin's league of skills.
By the way, I'm increasingly convinced that the performances of Austin and Steadman Bailey have also served to make Geno Smith appear better than he really is.