North Carolina senior defensive tackle Marvin Austin is one of the most talented but enigmatic prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft class.
Austin last played in 2009, recording 42 tackles, 4.0 sacks and a forced fumble.
- Size (6-foot-1 5/8, 309 pounds)
- Upper-body strength (38 bench press reps)
- Inconsistently used leverage well
Good first step and initial burst
Will attitude problems cost him?
- Awareness against the pass - attempts to block passing lanes
- Laterally agile and quick enough to move down the line
- Hustles to the ball carrier
- Breaks down well in space - impressive balance and body control
- Positional versatility - 3-4 end or 4-3 tackle
- Overly aggressive - tries to jump the snap count too often
- Caught up in a scandal for accepting benefits from an agent - kicked off the team
- Reputation for having a selfish attitude and being immature
- Lacks discipline for his assignment
- Plays too high at times
Expected draft placement
A high-risk, high-reward prospect, Austin has first-round talent. He might not make it out of the round, but a second-round selection is far more likely given his troubled past and maturity concerns.
He recently met with the Denver Broncos.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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