Tavon Austin vs DeSean Jackson
If you look at their size / measurables coming out of the combine they are almost identical prospects. Jackson measured taller at 5'9 3/4 to Austin's 5'8 but Tavon had more weighed 5 more lbs the DeSean. Austin was slightly better in the 40 besting Jackson by a hundredth of a second and had the edge in the 20 yard short shuttle 4.01 to 4.19. Jackson's three cone drill edged Austin by .13 seconds and was able to best Austin by 2 1/2 inches in the vert while their broad jumps are identicle.
Looking at their Career stats as a whole Jackson put together 2423 yards receiving 22 TDs, 633 punt return yards 6 TDs, 38 kick return yards, and 199 yards rushing 1 TD over a three year career. Compare that to Austin's 3413 yards receiving 29 tds, 433 punt return yards 1 TD, 2407 kick return yards 4 TDs, 1031 rushing yards and 6 TDS.
Jackson declared a year early and had he returned for his senior year the receiving yards would be very similar to Tavon. Both showed to be dynamic special teams players, Tavon was primarily used on kick returns while DeSean used his talents as a punt returner. Austin clearly has the edge as a rusher beig involved in a good about of designed runs out of the spread offense.
Tavon is being touted as a 'special' luxary player that will be designated in the slot roll at the next level. Jackson has similar skills but has succeeded in the league challenging starting corners outside of the numbers. Why can't Austin do the same? If anything he has shown the willingness and extra dimension of crossing the middle of the field while Jackson has done most of his damage on verticals and passes outside the hash. Personally I think Tavon has I higher ceiling than DeSean who was once hyped by Jerry Rice as the next great receiver and shouldn't be locked into a limited slot role.