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Tavon Austin to work out for Ravens, several other NFL teams

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West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin is slated to work out for the Ravens in early April, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Super Bowl Most Valuable Player quarterback Joe Flacco is expected to take part in the workout.

Austin is a former Dunbar star who's a projected first-round draft pick. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds at the NFL scouting combine.

Austin has several other upcoming meetings and workouts with NFL teams.

That includes meetings with the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins later this week followed by upcoming private workouts with the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots. 

The Ravens conducted a meeting with Austin at the combine.

Although undersized at 5 feet 8, 174 pounds, Austin's moves and acceleration are rare.

"I’ve been a little guy my whole life," Austin said during the combine. "I’m a little guy, but I play big."

Could the Ravens use an all-purpose standout like Austin? Definitely, because he's a matchup nightmare, but so could a lot of NFL teams.

It's unclear if Austin would be available for the Ravens' 32nd overall pick of the first round since he was so productive for the Mountaineers and had such a strong combine.

Against Oklahoma last season, Austin generated 572 all-purpose yards as he rushed for 344 yards and two touchdowns, caught four passes for 82 yards and gained 146 yards on eight kick returns.

Austin caught 288 career passes in college for 3,413 yards and 29 touchdowns, also rushing for 1,033 yards and six touchdowns

"Tavon is incredible," Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson said during the combine. "He's the best player I've ever played against."

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