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 1st
round, 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
reps on the Bench press/30.5
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.