Marvin Austin joins fellow suspended college teammate Robert Quinn off the board, heading to the New York Giants at pick 52. Before spending his final season at North Carolina barred from competition for accepting improper benefits Austin clogged the middle for a talent-stacked Tar Heel defense over three years while recording 50 tackles and nine sacks.
Austin bullies interior linemen around and jumps off the snap quickly; arguably possesses more raw talent than Marcell Dareus. Many experts wonder if a strong 2010 season could have vaulted him to the top of the defensive tackle class.
He can wreak havoc in the middle as explained in the USA Today NFL Draft Preview special edition.
Austin has a good burst off the snap as a pass rusher. He can move blockers out of his way and has good moves to gain clearance. On run plays, he can slip through a gap and has a the power and size to take advantage of a gap. He has an explosive shove to knock pass blockers aside, but he lacks the strength to beat a double team like a true nose guard. He has a tendency to play too upright, which can push him off balance.
Giants general manager Jerry Reese loves drafting defensive linemen, and snatched pass-rushing end Jason Pierre-Paul in the first round last April. Perry Fewell loves shuffling defensive linemen who can fly up-field throughout the course of game. The end result: a Giants pass-rush that's fresh and scary in the fourth quarter.
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