Marvin Austin   DT/DE   North Carolina

TALENT BOARD

 Round 4


STRENGTHS

Marvin is a quick and powerful defensive tackle who has enough talent to be considered one of the top draft picks in this draft.  He is a one gap disrupter who can split a double team and get into the backfield faster than your sixteen year old daughter can text message her BFF.  He has good upper body strength to go along with a powerful lower body and does a solid job using his hands to disengage and make tackles when defending against the run.   Marvin is a smart kid and understands situational football.  He understands the flow of a game and when to step up to make a big play.  Marvin shows leadership skills through his play on the field and looks to be a good teammate.  

 

CONCERNS

Marvin is the only player I know that got suspended before he got suspended!  He was first suspended from his college team for violation of team rules before a possible suspension from the NCAA hung in the balance while they finished their investigation of Marvin receiving money and gifts from an agent.  Marvin is not a 2 gap DT and, at the next level, will struggle if put into that style of defense.  He gets pushed off the line when he is head up on the an offensive lineman at the college level now and that will be magnified at the NFL level.  Marvin seems to lack the work ethic to be more than just a disrupter.   

    

BOTTOM LINE

Marvin has as much pure talent as Gerald McCoy (DT Tampa Bay Buccaneers) who was the third pick of the draft last year; unfortunately, he doesn't have Gerald's work ethic.  If he straightens out, he could be a very good defensive lineman as a DE in a 3-4 or a DT in a 4-3.  He is a pass rusher and not much of a run defender, which might be a problem with him starting instead of being a situational player.  Personally I would find it very hard to draft Marvin at all in this draft.  I think his character issues run deep.  Each player in this program that has been suspended deserves to be looked at separately and not all lumped together as bad character players.  There could be different reasons for them accepting money from an agent.  Not acceptable reasons but different.  For me I think Marvin has more problems than just the potential suspension by the NCAA.  The coach suspended Marvin before the NCAA investigation was completed, which leads me to believe that there is more to the story in Marvin's case.  Personally I don't think I would draft this kid at all.  He just doesn't fit my idea of what a professional football player is all about.  His talent is above-average, but he will struggle at first to become consistent.  If, and I said IF, he has a better work ethic than I think, he could be a steal in this draft.  The truth is that I don't think he has the work ethic and maturity to succeed in the NFL.

The BS Detector 

Drew Boylhart   Nov/10