Austin Deculus

Austin Deculus

Measurements
  • Height
    6050
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
    28.5
  • Weight
    321lbs
  • Arm
    34 3/8
  • Speed
    5.08
OT Combine Averages
  • Height
    6052
  • Hand
    10
  • VJ
    27 2/3
  • Weight
    313lbs
  • Arm
    34
  • Speed
    5.25
David Michels - Scout
Austin Deculus
  • Overall Rank
    223
  • Position Rank
    26
  • Position
    OT
  • Age
    23.3 Years
  • Team
    LOUISIANA ST

Stats

Year Starts Games Sacks Allowed Hits Allowed Pressures Pressure %
2018 11 13 3 3 26 6.4%
2019 13 13 3 5 33 5.9%
2020 10 10 4 7 23 4.8%
2021 12 12 0 3 19 3.5%

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Deculus has average HT and adequate WT. Thick throughout, but carries more WT in his upper body, particularly in his midsection. Worked from being 355lb his freshman year down to 320lb his senior year. Still has a little room to get leaner and add more muscle. Lower body and lumbar spine are particularly stiff, leading to mobility dysfunctions. Has been one of the most durable players in CFB the past five years.

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    5
  • Frame/Durability
    7
Grade 6.0

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Plays with tenacity and toughness that goes beyond the whistle. Has excellent vision to quickly recognize and take on/pass off stunts and delayed blitzes. His extensive experience in the SEC has allowed him to prepare for a variety of talented opposition.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    5
Grade 5.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Has average AA to play RT at the NFL level. Runs with adequate speed on pulls and plays at the second level. Explosiveness is most evident in his punches, especially on run plays. His biggest concern is his lower body limitations. He has limited LE flexibility, as he sits high in his stances and has a tendency to play high on pulls and downblocks, which leads to other issues at engagement. Does not possess the ability to explode far enough out of his stance to reach distant defenders in pass pro. Can compensate for these inabilities with his strong upper body.

  • Explosiveness
    5
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    3
  • Change of Direction
    4
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 4.8

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Deculus displays above the line run blocking and adequate pass technique. Delivers strong, accurate punches at the POA. Excellent hands in pass pro, boasting a variety of techniques to bait defenders and replace after contact. Often shows that this upper body strength and technique is enough to mitigate power rush moves. Gets caught leaning when he relies to much on his upper body and doesn't continue to drive his feet. Puts himself in good positions to wall off defenders at the second level. Makes it difficult for opponents to disengage from him once his hands are locked inside and is moving them. Shows quick enough feet to navigate through traffic on pulls, screens, and doubles up to linebackers.

  • Run Block
    7
  • Pass Block
    6
  • Strike/Punch
    7
  • Disposition
    6
  • Second Level Ability
    5
  • Pull/Trap Ability
    5
  • Footwork
    5
  • Anchor
    4
Grade 5.6

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Austin Deculus, LSU's all-time leader in games played, started in 46 of his 61 games for the Tigers. Was a consensus 4-star prospect, with ESPN ranking him the nation's 5th best tackle and 14th best overall prospect. Having experience at both tackle positions, his ideal fit is at the RT position in a gap scheme. His mental and technical abilities currently outweigh his AA, where his lack of lateral explosiveness and waist-bending habits make him especially vulnerable to faster and stronger NFL talent. With that said, you will see him in more of a backup and/or ST role for the beginning of his career. Should he continue to improve the physical limitations (especially in his lower body), expect his durability to translate to longevity at the NFL level.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT UCLA
  • Sep - 04 - 2021
  • Dominant in run game and excellent display of pass pro techniques
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Florida
  • Oct - 16 - 2021
  • 3x hurries, 3x pressures allowed
Best Trait
Hand Technique
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