Good points. I love that Gastineau Lives was up at 4:45 thinking about this.
My thoughts, most of which are not original:
1. He's not just a slot receiver because he has sick vertical speed. Slot guys are slot guys because they're quicker than they are fast a la Welker and Kerley.
2. In the absence of the big QB, the Jets offense needs to find guys that can make touchdowns happen by themselves. Austin can clearly do that. I also think Cordarelle Patterson is that type of guy--someone who can make people miss, then get down the field.
3. Austin is small, but he's thick. Look at how many tackles he runs through in those videos. You also don't see him taking many big hits because he's so elusive. I think he'll be able to protect himself well enough to avoid injury.
4. Our division is filled with big secondaries, for which Austin will be a matchup nightmare, the same way that Desean Jackson feasts on the lumbering corners in the NFC East. Whatever team drafts Austin, every other team in that division is going to have to draft a corner specifically to deal with him.
5. The only time Sanchez looked like an NFL player last year was when he was throwing to Jeremy Kerley. As with Kerley, it doesn't matter how big you are if you're open. A quarterback can complete a pass to an open 5'8 guy a lot easier than he can to a covered 6'4 guy.
6. Will he block? No. But will his presence on the field ensure that every safety in the league's first step goes downfield at the snap? Yes.
7. Santonio Holmes is gone after this year. Practically a lock.
8. The players that you'd draft instead of Austin have seeeeeeeerious question marks anyway. Mingo has never produced. Cooper and Warmack play a position you can get All Pros at in Round Six. Star has a hole in his heart. Patterson has off-field issues. On and on.
Edited by T0mShane, 20 March 2013 - 07:09 AM.
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