Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/6/12
In the 2011 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Marvin Austin in the second round (#50). Many expected the 6’2, 312-pound defensive tackle to go mid-to-late in the 1stround, despite missing the entire season due to a suspension for engaging in improper contact with an agent. Austin participated in the NFL Combine and impressed many teams even more with the following stats: (4.84 40-yard dash/38 reps on the Bench press/30.5 vertical leap/112.0 broad jump). GM Reese, at the time of the Draft, stated that Austin could be a steal if he puts his past behind him. He's had other problems with the law as well; but Reese said they've done their homework on him and couldn't pass him up, even if it meant ignoring their need at center to add to an already crowded situation along the interior line.

"He's going to come here with a chip on his shoulder," GM Jerry Reese said and added, "an explosive three-technique gap charger. This guy can get off the ball with tremendous speed. He’s got a nasty demeanor about him. Tom Coughlin was equally impressed with Austin that many had projected as a top 15 pick after his junior year. Coughlin added, “seven or eight" people from the organization were at Austin's Pro Day at North Carolina and were blown away by his ability.  “He wants the opportunity to prove a lot of people wrong and the hunger to be dominant interior lineman in the NFL. Unfortunately, Austin sustained a torn pectoral muscle and missed the entire 2011 season.

Fast forward to 2012, after missing two straight seasons of competitive football.  Austin is healthy and claims to be in the best shape of his professional career. He’s also determined to prove to everyone that he is not here to just fill a roster spot; but to be a main cog among the Giants' deep DL rotation.  Currently the Giants have Chris Canty, Linval Joseph, Austin and newly acquired Shaun Rogers as their top four DT on the depth chart. An upgrade from last season’s reserves of Rocky Bernard and Jimmy Kennedy, as Austin has unlimited potential and Rogers (although on the back end of his career) has numerous Pro Bowl appearances on his resume.

I am very optimistic to see how Austin performs and develops this year. I also expect a great deal from Austin, and believe he will have a tremendous season as his playing time will increase as the season unfolds. Austin has the rare ability to control the line of scrimmage by taking on double teams and also has enough speed to pressure the QB. This combination is very rare among defensive tackles in the league as only a handful possess these qualities and for those who do; we call them Pro Bowlers.


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