Great speed (clocked as low as 4.27) and rare all-purpose ability to make big plays, from the slot, from the backfield or as a kick returner. As a senior, Austin caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns, rushed 72 times for 643 yards and a three touchdowns and returned 32 kicks for 813 yards (25.4 average) and a score.
Size (5-9, 174) and durability are concern, but Austin says he has not missed a game in eight seasons. Some question his production since a lot of it came on short passes against average defenses.
“Video game-like athlete with rare change-of-direction skills. Has special lateral explosion. ... Has an extra gear to turn on the jets and blow by defenders.’’ NFLdraftscouts.com.
Rams make a gutsy move, giving up a No. 2 and a No. 7 in addition to switching picks in the first and third rounds, to acquire the draft’s most explosive playmaker. The price was steep, but the Rams added a much-needed weapon for QB Sam Bradford.