Austin, Goodwin blaze trail in 40

February, 24, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The unofficial 40 times for West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin and Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin are in, and the pair of draft prospects is officially fast.

Austin and Goodwin each posted an unofficial time of 4.25 in their first attempt on the 40, just one one-hundredth of a second slower than Chris Johnson's 2008 time of 4.24, the fastest ever in combine history.

Entering the combine, there was talk of both Austin and Goodwin's speed, with each hoping to show on the stopwatch that the speed evident on their game-tape was for real. Appearing on Sportscenter on Sunday morning, ESPN's NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay suggested that a sub 4.4 40 time for Austin should solidify his status as a first-round pick.

Austin has drawn comparisons to Wes Welker throughout the pre-draft process, and should he be available at pick 29, he could be on the Patriots' first-round radar.

On their second attempts, Austin clocked 4.31 and Goodwin 4.29, unofficially.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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