Today’s early morning NFL Combine featured two of the fastest football players in recent memory. Tavon Austin from West Virginia and Marquise Goodwin from Texas took the field and if you happened to blink during their 40-yard dash, you just might have missed it.
Tavon Austin was the first player to take the field early Sunday morning in Indianapolis. If he wasn’t in their minds before the combine, Austin made sure that he was in their minds throughout the combine. He started out on media day. When asked if he was the best player in the NFL Draft, his response was simple. “I think I’m the best all-around player in the draft.” Well, he started his mission of proving it today by running an un-official 4.25 and 4.29 40-yard dash.
Not too long after that, Olympian Marquise Goodwin took center stage. He essentially matched Austin with his 40 times. He ran a 4.25 and a 4.28 on his runs. Goodwin was seen smiling after his second run, adding some friendly competition to the combine with Austin.
The two receiver undoubtedly have elite speed, but when it comes to athleticism on the field, Austin has the upper-hand. Austin, at 5’8″ inches has said that he looks up to players like Wes Welker. Austin is the type of player who can score from anywhere on the field. He’s dynamic and a game-changer. Goodwin, who has natural speed, is better set as a return guy, like a Percy Harvin type player.