Originally Posted by bclemms
I agree, I'd also put him in the mid 2nd round. Wouldn't be the worst 1st round pick but you wouldn't be excited about it either.
I'd give a top 10 pick for Steve Smith if he was in the draft and not look back but he has a physical attitude that makes most 6'4" receivers look timid and that isn't Austin.
So if we wouldn't give up a 1st round pick for the best player out of dozens with his size/speed then why give up a 1st for Austin.
Another poster mentioned Brees, Sproles and Wilson. They are the exception out of hundreds of similar sized players. Austin may be that exception but I wouldn't gamble a first round pick on those odds.
At worst he is a great return man and an occasional deep threat.
I disagree. I think football is a game of quickness more then speed, and his is elite. Plus he has the downfield speed. I see a football player to go along with all his impressive attributes. In short area space and motion routes, he would be almost impossible to cover. He has natural hands. I see a future all pro in this kid. No Brainer to me, 1st round grade and worth every bit the price. Not saying for us. Although I think we need to infuse some talent in the WR position. We are well enough to not pick 15 at this position. If we didnt have the obvious needs we do have I would be crushing at this kid at 15. He will be the 1st WR off the boards.