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Draft Sleeper: Terrence Austin

The Redskins draft needs were simple, Offensive Line.   And while two tackles and a center were drafted — the potential standout from the 2010 draft class will not be lining up to protect Donovan McNabb.  Instead the versatile Terrence Austin will be returning kicks, punts, lining up in the slot, and going deep for McNabb’s preference toward long shots down the field throughout the game.   Risk / Reward.

Check out this video of Austin’s highlights:

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Who might he remind you of?  Here’s a hint…

Terrence Austin: 5-10, 175 lbs, 4.38 40 time

DeSean Jackson:  5-10, 175 lbs,  4.35 40 time

What a housewarming gift the Redskins just handed their new QB.  McNabb will certainly enjoy setting the table with this young rookie.  Austin completely flew under the radar for 7 rounds of the draft on Saturday, but the 219th pick overall might just be the offensive weapon everyone else hopes he isn’t — a big time sleeper.

The NFL scouts had no score for him, he wasn’t ranked by the fans, he’s more or less a total unknown unless you’re a UCLA fan…. look at this:

Terrence Austin is UCLA’s second all-time yardage leader, and he holds the single season all time yardage record. He was an East-West Shrine game starter, was 2nd all Pac 10 his junior and senior season, and a top ten returner nationally.

He was the 9th ranked receiver nationally coming out of Polytechnic high school. He earned a 1270 SAT score and will graduate from UCLA in 2010.

Height: 5’10”
Weight: 175
40: 4.38 best, 4.43 Pro Day
Broad: 10-3 Pro Day
225 reps: 15

REEL is here:

NOTE: Terrence’s trainer, Travelle Gaines, and his UCLA strength coach each feel he will settle into a weight range of about 180/185 in the NFL without sacrificing his speed and athleticism.

* High School track star at high jump and hurdles in addition to baseball and football
* rated 9th best wide receiver IN THE NATION coming out of Polytechnic High School in Long Beach
* East-West Shrine Game starter
* All Pac Ten 2008 and 2009
* Team Captain, selected by teammates
* 1270 SAT score
* Top 10 returner nationally
* Paul Wellman Award for academic excellence, leadership and athletic performance at UCLA
* UCLA’s offensive MVP


Talk about finding a diamond in the rough….  Nice work Redskins front office.  Just when you thought it was going to be a light year for the draft class, the Redksins deliver some well thought out picks to fortify the offense and offensive line.  McNabb should now have time to work with his weapons, and now he’s got some real threats working down field.  Should be an interesting summer for this team… but I am left feeling really impressed with what the Redskins were able to this weekend.

I know I keep saying this, but it’s looking to be more and more true with each day that goes by — without a doubt, we’re looking at a new and improved era in Redskins football.

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