"Just my vision and my quickness, that's one thing that I use," Austin said. "Since I'm not two inches taller, I have to use what I've got."
Since arriving at the combine, Austin has measured in at 5-foot-8, 174 pounds.
That's definitely smaller than ideal for a wide receiver, but Austin hasn't experienced issues with injuries at the college level or in high school.
"No, it definitely shouldn't be a problem," Austin said of his size, adding that he can bench press 225 pounds 15 times. "I haven't missed a game in eight years so I think my durability should be pretty good.
"I don't really get tired of [hearing he's too small]. I just take it, put it on my back. I've been a little guy my whole life. I'm a little guy, but I play big. I'd like to be two inches taller, but it just ain't happening."
Austin has been preparing for the draft for the past few months with noted speed coach Tom Shaw in Orlando, Fla., where he says he's recently run the 40-yard dash as fast as 4.29 seconds. He's hoping to run anything under 4.4 seconds at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday when wide receivers are scheduled to be timed.
When asked if he's the fastest player in the draft, Austin said: "If we all lined up and raced, I think I'd come out on top."
Austin finished with five career special-teams touchdowns, leading the nation in yards per scrimmage as a junior and ranking second last season.
He averaged 223.9 total yard per game last season, generating at least one offensive play of 35 yards or longer 10 times.
"Tavon, to me, is a guy who you have to think about late in the first round," ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. "He's a true playmaker. The only thing that works against him is his size, but this is a football player. I saw that in high school. He was kind of a man among boys there.
"At West Virginia, he didn't miss a beat there: incredibly fast, incredibly explosive. He's a touchdown waiting to happen. If you need a slot receiver, if you need a return man, if you need a guy who's going to change that scoreboard, he would be the kind of guy to look at."
Last season, Austin caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards and a dozen touchdowns last season. He also rushed for 643 yards and three touchdowns.
No game was more impressive than what Austin did against Oklahoma.
"It was more exciting than anything," Austin said. "It was a big game against Oklahoma and it kind of reminded me of my high school days. I give all the love to my linemen and the coaches believing in me. That was the first game I played running back the whole year and I'm glad with how it went."
Months ahead of the draft, the respect level for Austin is already extending into the professional level.
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith got to know Austin during the recruiting process when the Maryland Terrapins attempted to get him to accept a scholarship offer to make the short journey from Baltimore to College Park.
"Tavon's a beast, man," Smith said. "For him to make it out of Baltimore and be the kind of person and player he is, you love to see that. He has that chip on his shoulder. He's always been confident.
"It's something you respect. He has Baltimore all over him. when he's out on the field. He's special to watch, and I'm very happy for him."