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After a year off, it seemed that at the East-West Shrine game, Austin was finally making his way back into the first round.
Then came the combine.
Sure, he benched 225 pounds 38 times. Sure, he had a great on-field performance.
Austin was one of the famous UNC athletes who, along with Robert Quinn, was suspended for the 2010 season by the NCAA. And like most defensive tackles, he faces questions about his work ethic.
Nolan Nawrocki, a draft expert from Pro Football Weekly, has several more things to say about Austin.
Nawrocki claims Austin performed atrociously at the combine interviews, and he was "refusing to take responsibility for any of the wrongdoings that led to his dismissal from the team."
In addition to those claims about his selfishness, Nawrocki also says Austin, "Has earned a reputation in the NFL scouting community as a 'finger-pointing, excuse-making con artist' who does not know what it means to lead."
He has clear talent, but could be a second or third-round pick due to these many concerns.