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April 24, 2013

WVU, Marshall stars waiting for the call

Futures will be decided for top players when NFL Draft begins tonight at 8 p.m. in NYC

— Tavon Austin

West Virginia

Position: WR

Height: 5’8”

Weight: 174

Stats: The Paul Hornung Award winner as the nation’s most versatile player, Austin caught 112 passes for 1,289 yard and 12 touchdowns.

40-time: 4.28

Vertical jump: 32”

Projections: Some of the high projections have Austin sneaking inside the top 5 at No. 4 to the Eagles. The Jets at No. 9 are another common projection, but almost all believe he won’t get past the Rams at 16.

What they’re saying: “He’s a phenomenal player. I think Tavon is going to have a heck of a career. He is a touchdown maker, he is a scoreboard-changer.” — ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.

Stedman Bailey

West Virginia

Position: WR

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 193

Stats: Bailey finished the 2012 season with 106 catches and led the country with 23 touchdown grabs. He was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and a second-team AP All-American.

40-time: 4.46

Vertical jump: 34.5”

Projections: Bailey will likely have to wait until Friday to learn of his destination. Most draft experts believe that the earliest he’ll be picked is the third round.

What they’re saying: “I think he can help a football team. He has a great ability after the catch.”  — ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.

Aaron Dobson

Marshall

Position: WR

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 210

Stats: Despite missing two games in 2012, Dobson caught 57 passes for 679 yards and three touchdowns. He’s fourth on the school’s all-time receptions list.

40-time: 4.42

Vertical jump: NA

Projections: Ranked by CBS Sports as the 14th-best wide receiver in the draft, Dobson is likely to be a second-day guy. Most experts have the South Charleston grad going in the third or fourth round.

What they’re saying: “You like the size and his physical ability. At 6-3 and 210, he can certainly be a vertical threat down the field.” — ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.

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