Draft Profile: BioKevin Austin Jr. was outstanding at North Broward Prep in Florida where pulled in 76 receptions for 1,782 yards and 23 touchdowns in his junior and senior years. After being graded a four-star recruit he received a number of offers from big schools but after a long decision process opted to join Notre Dame.
Austin's college career was a disappointment until 2021. He only made 5 receptions as a freshman in 2018 and then in 2019 was suspended for the entire season. 2020 wasn't much better as he battled through injuries and finished the year making just one catch.
2021 was a major improvement where Austin finally had a chance to showcase his talents. He made 48 receptions, 888 yds with 7 TDs, and had a very good 104.1 QB rating when targetted on the season. As a result, he received a Phil Steele All-Independent First Team spot and a combine invite.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Outstanding athletic talent with an ideal frame for an outside receiver at 6-2 and 200lbs
- Put on a show at the combine where demonstrated his explosiveness as he ran a 4.43 40 and made a 39-yard vertical leap
- Explosive quick-twitch player who accelerates quickly, eats up a corners cushion, and has a top gear to beat DBs deep
- Has a long frame and supreme vertical ability to be an outstanding red zone threat and make circus catches
- Has the size, length, and strength to defeat press jams. Can make the spectacular catch. A decent open-field runner with some agility and the ability to break tackles.
- Has top focus and does a nice job catching the ball in stride. A decisive runner who doesn't go down easily
- Further on in his ability than you would expect considering his limited experience - excellent using head fakes and has a nice stutter step
- Often used on deep routes, getting separation down the sideline or over the middle on crossing routes
- A versatile weapon, proving to be effective inside in the slot and outside on the perimeter. Makes plays at all levels of the field.
- Generally reliable receiver capable of making difficult catches in traffic over the middle or one on one down the sideline
- A long-striding athlete with good playing speed. Usually sure-handed with the concentration to snatch the ball out of the air
- Strong runner with the ball with enough agility to make defenders miss in the open field
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Comes off the snap high and upright which can result in him being easy to jam at the line of scrimmage
- Does not always use his hands to secure deep throws, allowing the ball into his pads and chest.
- Has only a single year of college production (in 2021) and so must be viewed as a developmental prospect and far from the finished article
- Has had a history of injuries - two surgeries on left foot, which led to him missing 2020
- While he has had run a decent route tree at Notre Dame - he tends to round them off and they will need to become sharper at the next level
- Needs to work on fighting for the ball better and can be outmuscled at the catch point
Scouting Report: SummaryKevin Austin Jr. is an interesting prospect who has moved up draft boards following his impressive combine performance. He possesses outstanding athletic traits, most notably deep speed, leaping ability, and overall explosiveness, and during the only year where he had a chance to showcase his talents, he looked outstanding in 2021. However, the fact that he has very limited experience mainly due to injury issues can not be overlooked and as a result, will be looked at as a risky prospect to take early in the draft.
Austin has the potential - assuming he can stay healthy - to become a pro-bowl level impact player at the next level and therefore expect him to hear his name called in the third or fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
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