2017 NFL Draft

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Marvin Austin

| | College: North Carolina
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If Austin isn't selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, he only has himself to blame. Rated as the top prep defensive tackle in the 2006 recruiting class, Austin started three games and played in all 12 games as a true freshman. He finished the season with 26 tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks; numbers he struggled to match as a sophomore (38 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack) with increased attention from the opposition.

Austin took his game to another level as a junior, matching or exceeding previous career-highs in nearly every category, including tackles (42), tackles for loss (six) and sacks (four) on his way to earning second-team All-ACC honors.

Austin's 2009 season was his last at UNC -- he was suspended for the entire 2010 season after an NCAA investigation found that he'd accepted improper gifts from an agent. Though several North Carolina players were implicated in the scandal, including senior wide receiver Greg Little and junior defensive end Robert Quinn, Austin was the only Tar Heel actually kicked off the team.

Austin is good enough and his position valuable enough to warrant a high draft pick come April. The perception that he's a "me first" player, however, could lead to a significant drop.


Pass rush: Good initial burst off the snap. Strong hands to grasp and discard the blocker and demonstrates good use of swim and rip moves to gain clearance. Good straight-line speed, agility and balance to track the quarterback. Good use of leverage and boasts a powerful leg drive for the bull rush. Cognizant of passing lanes and will get his hands up. Not always disciplined or assignment sound. Anticipates the snap count and will occasionally be drawn offside.

Run defense: Quick enough to slip through a gap and disrupt the timing of running plays. Good size and power to control his gap responsibility. Has a tendency to play too upright, negating his own power. Strong, active hands to disengage from the block as the ballcarrier nears. Reacts quickly to the attempted cut block, sprawling and re-gaining his balance quickly by pushing off cutting offensive lineman. Good hustle laterally and downfield. Good vision and footwork to keep his feet while making his way to the ballcarrier.

Explosion: Good initial burst off the snap. Flashes a quick first step, vertically and laterally, to penetrate gaps and destroy the play. Good upper-body strength to shock his opponent and knock him back. Likes to make the flashy hit. Will gather for the big hit on an unsuspecting ballcarrier.

Strength: Good upper- and lower-body strength to hold up at the point of attack. Has an explosive shove to knock pass blockers aside on his way to the quarterback. Lacks the bulk and power to split double-teams as a true nose guard, but can hold up long enough to create a pile. Good strength for the drag-down tackle.

Tackling: Surprising balance and lateral agility to break down in tight quarters and make the open-field tackle against small and quick athletes. Good strength to pull down ballcarriers while being occupied by blockers. Good hustle laterally and downfield. Willing to leave his feet and lunge at ballcarriers, resulting in some big hits (as well as some wild misses).

Intangibles: Suspended for the entire 2010 season after an NCAA investigation found that he'd accepted gifts from an agent. Characterized by those close to the team as "talented, but selfish." Highly touted prep prospect that was rated the No. 1 at his position and top 10 overall by most recruiting experts.

2010 Season

Did not play … suspended by NCAA for the 2010 season.

2009 Season

Second-team All-ACC selection … Played in all 13 games and made 11 starts … Played at a high level all season and finished with 42 tackles, 6.0 tackles for losses, four sacks, three pass breakups, six quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery … Had one of the best games of his career at NC State with seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for losses, a career-high two sacks and a quarterbackpressure.

2008 Season

Played in all 13 games and started 11, including the Meineke Car Care Bowl … Tied with E.J. Wilson for the most tackles by a Carolina defensive lineman with 38 … Also had 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and one blocked kick … Recorded two tackles in the Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. West Virginia … Posted two tackles in the win over Duke … Had two tackles and a 3-yard sack against NC State … Posted three tackles at Maryland … Had three tackles in the 28-7 win over No. 22 Georgia Tech … Played one of his best games vs. No. 23 Boston College, registering four tackles, one pressure and disrupting the Eagles offense … Had four tackles against Virginia … Earned the coaches player of the game honors for his performance against Notre Dame … Had three tackles, assisted on a tackle for loss and had one quarterback pressure in the win over the Irish.

Picked off his first career pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown in Carolina's win over UConn … Also added a tackle and a pressure against the Huskies … Played well in the Tar Heels' 28-24 win at Miami with three solo stops … Had one of his best games of the season with six tackles and a pass breakup against Virginia Tech … Was a key figure in limiting the success of Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor … Had two tackles in the win at Rutgers … Posted three tackles and blocked an extra point attempt in Carolina's 35-27 season opening victory over McNeese State … The block came after the Cowboys closed the gap to 21-20 and seemed to turn the momentum back in the Tar Heels favor.

2007 Season

Played extremely well for a true freshman on the defensive line, making three starts and playing in all 12 games … Started against ECU, Virginia Tech and Miami … Finished the season with 26 tackles, 6.0 tackles for losses and 4.0 sacks … Posted four tackles and assisted on a 3-yard sack in the win over Duke … Had one tackle at Georgia Tech … Played well in the win over Maryland with four tackles and two quarterback hurries … Posted one tackle at Wake Forest … Made a 14-yard sack on South Carolina QB Chris Smelley … Had three tackles and a sack against the Hurricanes … Started and recorded his first career sack in the Virginia Tech game … Finished the VT?game with four tackles and 1.5 sacks … Had a productive game at No. 23 USF?with five solo tackles and a 4-yard tackle for loss … Made his first career start in the loss at East Carolina and had a 2-yard tackles for loss … One of eight true freshmen to see action in the first game of the year, a 37-14 victory over James Madison … Was one of 10 players to play on the defensive line.

High School

Son of Donna Johnson … Born Jan. 1, 1989 … Majoring in communications … Would like to appear on The Apprentice … Favorite dessert is Nestle cookie with vanilla ice cream … People say he looks like T-Pain … If he could change the world in one way he would educate African-Americans about money … Never leaves home without his sunglasses … Would most like to appear on the cover of Forbes magazine … Best friend on another team is Arelious Benn of Illinois … Says the best thing about Carolina is the family atmosphere Has improved significantly since enrolling at Carolina in 2006 … Is an excellent blocker and will compete for he starting role this fall.


Son of Donna Johnson Born Jan. 1, 1989.


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