Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Erik Austell

Guard
School: Charleston Southern | Conference: D-IAA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3.5 / 301 | 40: 5.24 | DRAFT YR:2017

Rankings

Grade
3.21
Projected Round
FA
Bio: 
Four-year starter who converted from the defensive line to the offensive line before the 2013 season. Earned First Team All-Big South honors in 2016 and received FCS All America recognition. Named All-Big South as a junior in 2015. Made 39 career starts.
Pos: 
College left tackle who projects to guard. Sets with a wide base, sinks his butt and plays with excellent leverage. Correctly places his hands into defenders and jolts them with a violent punch. Explosive, fires into blocks and plays with a nasty attitude. Looks to take out multiple defenders in a single play and gets a pad on opponents to knock them from their angles of attack. Stays square, plays with solid fundamentals and keeps his head on a swivel. Quick out to the second level, moves relatively well on his feet and effectively uses his hands.
Neg: 
Lacks footwork off the edge and lateral blocking range. Exploited by speed rushers. Shows stiffness in his game and ends up on the ground too much.
Analysis: 
Austell was productive as well as durable at Charleston Southern and offers possibilities as a developmental guard who could eventually play with the first team in the right system.