Sunday, February 24, 2013
Tavon Austin, Marquise Goodwin: sub-4.3s*
By Kevin Seifert
INDIANAPOLIS -- It's fair to assume the Minnesota Vikings will draft a wide receiver this year. Sunday, we learned at least one important fact about the pool they'll have to choose from: It has some elite speedsters.
Two receivers -- West Virginia's Tavon Austin and Texas' Marquise Goodwin -- unofficially ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.3 seconds Sunday at the NFL scouting combine. Their best unofficial times were 4.25 seconds, which would be combine records for wide receivers if they stand.
The combine record for all players is 4.24 seconds by Tennessee Titans tailback Chris Johnson in 2008. When I have Sunday's official times, I'll update this post. UPDATE: Goodwin's official time was 4.27. Austin was given a 4.34. Still awfully fast on both counts.
Austin and Goodwin each had two attempts at the 40. Austin -- whose skill set has drawn comparisons to that of the Vikings' Percy Harvin -- ran a 4.25 and a 4.31. Goodwin followed his 4.25 with a 4.29.
We all know that combine performances are more important for some positions than others. Speed for receivers is pretty essential. Even though we are all aware of speedy receivers who failed in the NFL, there is no stopping Austin and Goodwin from leaving this combine with a fair amount of buzz.