North Carolina DT Marvin Austin Is An Ideal Fit
Austin, along with LSU’s Drake Nevis, are two of the interior defensive linemen the Bears have been targeting to play the role of the three-technique under tackle position
“Defensive Tackle Dilemma”: I would be shocked if the Bears don’t select either Marvin Austin or Drake Nevis. I believe it’s a lock that we will choose one of these two defensive tackles. With that said, some consider Austin to be a major risk because of his non-football related antics. The Tar Heel defensive lineman missed the 2010 college season for improper dealings with an agent. Many experts are under the notion that the off-field character problems will drop him into the second or even third round. Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both have the Bears taking Austin in this draft. Kiper has Chicago picking the UNC product on Day 2, Friday, in the second round; while McShay has the Bears selecting the Carolina big guy Thursday, in Round 1, at pick #29.
When Austin was mentioned during the Bears pre-draft conference, GM Jerry Angelo answered safely:
“I’m not going to get into the specifics about any player. Obviously, he has documented concerns and we’ve delved into those. Lovie (Smith) and Rod (Marinelli) went down there and spent a good amount of time with him. Mark Sadowski, our (Southeast) scout, has spent a good amount of time with him. We feel real good about how we feel about him and knowing him.
“I always say this: ‘We just don’t want any surprises on draft day when we bring a player in here.’ We’re not looking for halo players. We’re in a business to win football games. But we have to know what’s underneath the hood. That’s the challenge of scouting. The easy part is evaluating the tape. The hard part is knowing how the player is wired. He’s a great player, but there were concerns. We’re satisfied we know them.”
I’m all in on taking a low-risk, high-reward chance on Austin in the second round, and seeing how things play out on Thursday night, quite possibly the first round. Whether it be Day 1 or Day 2, first or second round, whatever the case may be, I have a strong feeling that Austin would be an excellent draft pick for the Bears. If we don’t choose him, then I would want to spend a second or third rounder on Drake Nevis from LSU. Both should be gone by the time our name is called with pick #93 in the 3rd round. So, we better get Austin or Nevis with one of our top two selections. If not, another guy on the Bears radar, Terrell McClain (DT, South Florida), would more than likely be the player we’d take in Round 2 or 3.
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