2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Marvin Austin
Marvin Austin was one of the most highly touted prospects to come out of the 2007 high school recruiting class. The Ballou High School product was the #7 overall recruit in the nation, and the #1 defensive tackle according to Rivals.com.
Austin played in every game as a freshman and started in 24 of his last 26 games as a Tar Heel. However, he was completely dismissed from Butch Davis’ North Carolina squad prior to the 2010 season because of his involvement in the notorious player/agent scandal. He was said to have received between $10,000 and $13,000 in total benefits from NFL agents. He didn’t get to play in a game for over an entire year, until getting an invite to the 2011 East/West Shrine Bowl.
Player Name: Marvin Austin
Position: Defensive Tackle
School: North Carolina
Arm: 32 5/8
Austin is a big, physical gap stuffer who uses his physical strength to bully interior lineman. He has an absolute load to try and block with one person and he takes up space, often eating up two blockers. Austin does a nice job getting low and maintain leverage and is very stout at the point of attack. He doesn’t allow himself to get pushed back, actually quite the opposite. He excels in crashing down, and getting into the backfield at times to disrupt plays. He moves well laterally for the most part, and is quite quick for a 310-315 pound defensive tackle. He is solid in play recognition, and does a nice job of reading the offensive line to tell where the play is going.
Austin isn’t a pure penetrator, and he lacks great pass rush moves. He’s going to be a guy that plays as a five technique in a 3-4 defense most likely in the NFL, although he’s definitely an option to stick to the 4-3 defense as a gap stuffing tackle. Austin is known to take plays off, not playing with the same motor throughout the entire game. He tends to wear down later in the games, when it matters the most. He’s not extremely athletic, and while he moves well for a big guy, he won’t be doing many stunts and twists in the NFL. Character concerns will rise because of the player/agent scandal. Receiving over $10,000 bucks in improper benefits has to raise questions.
Austin’s talent lies in the first round, for sure. But missing an entire season will raise questions about his conditioning and readiness to make an impact immediately in the NFL. Because of this, and potential character concerns, Austin could easily slide to the second round. If he’s looked at in the first, look for teams like New Orleans, Baltimore, New England, and Pittsburgh to take a look at him. His best bet is in the early second round where he could go off the board to Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Dallas, or Washington.
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