Positives: Has an incredible combination of size, strength and athletic ability. He is a freak athlete and has a ton of potential as a result of that athletic ability. He shows good hand usage, can fight off blocks and is borderline unblockable at times without a double team. He can bull rush his man into the backfield when he is being blocked one on one or he can use his great burst off the line of scrimmage to beat him initially with a swim or club move. He has a lot of potential to be a disruptive UT in the NFL and should be disruptive against the run and the pass.
Negatives: Austin’s attitude is going to be his biggest question mark. I have heard that he is arrogant and that isn’t hard to believe considering his considerable ability, but that doesn’t bode well for him continuing to improve and get coached up in the NFL. He doesn’t shed blocks very well and struggles to hold the point of attack when double teamed at times. At times he will wear down at the point of attack and get pushed off the ball, and his motor is inconsistent. When it is good he is extremely hard to block but when he throttles down he is considerably less effective. He also has character questions to answer as a result of his suspension for his entire senior season. He has a ton of potential but he never really lived up to it at UNC and I don’t think he will live up to it in the NFL either.
Overall: Austin is an athletic freak that is going to blow you away with his potential but you have to remember that he came out of high school and went to the college level with similar hype because of his natural ability and never really capitalized on it with a great/dominant season at UNC. He was good, sure, but he could have been a lot better. That makes me question his work ethic and desire to be great, and that makes me doubt that he will live up to his potential in the NFL despite better coaching and weight training.
Projection: 2nd round. Austin may have been suspended for a year but he has too much ability and potential for him to slide out of the top 60 picks in my opinion. I think he will go off the board in the mid-2nd range.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point of Attack: 3.0
Pass Rush: 3.0
Thanks for reading!