Cowboys’ Potential Draft Picks: RB Joseph Randle and WR Tavon Austin
At Dallas News, I published a scouting report on Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle:
Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle was highly-productive over the past two seasons, amassing over 2,600 rushing yards, 40 total touchdowns, and 71 receptions. As I watched him on film, I thought I was watching DeMarco Murray’s Oklahoma tape, except for one key factor—breakaway speed.
I can’t emphasize enough how much Randle resembles Murray. At 6-0, 204 pounds, he has the same type of build, albeit a bit leaner. Like Murray, Randle has an upright running style that could potentially lead to an unnecessarily high injury risk.
Randle’s biggest positive is that he’s a decisive, one-cut runner. He gets up the field in a hurry, making the most of his speed. Randle would be a natural fit in a zone-blocking scheme that emphasizes decisiveness over long speed—much like that for Arian Foster in Houston.
And at NBC, I broke down the (small) possibility of adding West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin.
Austin is a do-it-all receiver capable of taking any touch to the house. He averaged an amazing 9.5 yards-per-carry on 109 career rushes at West Virginia. He also scored five touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns.
Austin had elite change-of-direction and lateral quickness—probably the best of each for any player in this draft. He accelerates to full speed in the blink of an eye and, more important, he can cut on a dime. Austin is also unusually strong for his size, regularly breaking tackles to give him yet another way to provide elite run-after-catch ability.