Tavon Austin has enough film of Wes Welker on his iPad to keep himself busy for an entire day.

So, if the Patriots are looking for a Welker clone in the draft, the case for the West Virginia slot receiver keeps gaining momentum.

Austin is one of the top-rated receivers in the class, but it’s difficult to project where he’ll be taken because of a 5-foot-8, 174-pound frame that limits his effectiveness outside the numbers. Therefore, the possibility surely exists Austin will be around when the Patriots first hit the podium with the 29th pick.

There is a dilemma, though. Welker is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent March 12, and other teams can begin negotiating with him on March 9 if the Pats don’t re-sign him prior to then. Teams and agents converged on Indy this week for the combine, so it would make sense for the Patriots and Welker’s people to cross paths.

But what are the chances something gets done now after more than a year of contract discussions?

Essentially, Austin can be part of their backup plan, but it’s quite the gamble to assume anything two months before the NFL draft, particularly for someone like Austin who proclaimed he was “the all-around best player” in the prospect pool.

If nothing else, Austin is an obvious playmaker who has incessantly studied Welker and exploded on the field like Percy Harvin. In his last two seasons at West Virginia, Austin had 215 catches for 2,475 yards, 88 rushes for 825 yards, 24 offensive touchdowns and four special teams scores. He can take over games, too, catching at least 10 passes 12 times in the last two years, and rushing for 344 yards and two touchdowns against Oklahoma in November.