Calvin Austin III

Calvin Austin III

Measurements
  • Height
    5076
  • Hand
    9 2/8
  • VJ
    39
  • Weight
    170lbs
  • Arm
    30
  • Speed
    4.32
WR Combine Averages
  • Height
    6004
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    200lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.51
Peter Engler - Scout
Calvin Austin III
  • Overall Rank
    128
  • Position Rank
    18
  • Position
    WR
  • Age
    23.3 Years
  • Team
    MEMPHIS

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2018 11 2 24 12.0 0 1/83/1 rushing
2019 13 17 315 18.5 3 4/3/1 rushing
2020 11 63 1053 16.7 11 2/14/0 rushing, 1 PR TD
2021 12 74 1,149 15.5 8 1/69/1 rushing, 1 PR TD

Build

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

Deficient height with poor weight. Very defined arms of poor length. Limited hand size. Skinny frame with proportional thighs.Missed one game in 2019 for unspecified reason. Played through "significant" right ankle injury for second half of 2021, but didn't miss any games. Opted out of bowl game as senior.

  • Size
    3
  • Length
    3
  • Frame/Durability
    4
Grade 3.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Above the line toughness with feisty attitude and willingness to play at full speed through injuries. Shows adequate motor to block...Limited instincts, making some processing errors when reading coverages and failing to sit in Zones. Struggles to read blocks in PR and too frequently fair catches.

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    4
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 5.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Track speed and acceleration and can turn on the jets to breakaway from DBs. Outstanding body control to avoid hands and adjust to make catch… Has expected play strength given size.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    9
  • Body Control
    8
  • Flexibility/Bend
    7
  • Change of Direction
    7
  • Play Strength
    3
Grade 6.8

Technical

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

Avoids Jam with body control and can use hesitation move to beat Press. Uses elite accel to attacks blindspot of DB in stem and is extremely threatening deep, opening up underneath routes. Sudden at breakpoint. Adequate hands, flashing ability to adjust and catch around frame, especially on backshoulder throws. Elite foot speed forces defense to contain deep routes every play. After the catch, eats space incredibly quickly and attacks upfield shoulder with no career fumbles. Adequate effort as a blocker… Has no retort when DB lands punch or otherwise makes contact, entirely taken out of route. Doesn't effectively sell fakes at top of route, allowing for undercut. Average tracking of ball in air. No ability to box out and lacks length or hand strength to make contested catches. Takes a second to secure ball. Poor contact balance and typically tackled by first contacting defender. Simply too small to be an effective blocker.

  • Ball Skills
    5
  • Suddenness
    7
  • Release
    6
  • Route Running
    6
  • Run After Catch
    7
  • Vertical Threat
    8
  • Perimeter Blocking
    3
  • Return Ability
    6
Grade 6.0

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?
RS Senior who has started 23 of 47 career games, all in his final two seasons, including 11 of 11 in 2021. Three-star HS recruit who walked on to Memphis team without any scholarship offers after storied HS career and nine state championships in sprints/relays, including 2x Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Ran on track team for at least first three years in college, setting four school relay records and one individual school record while being named to two All-American track teams. Sparsely used as a redshirt freshman, working up to starting every game as a RS junior & senior and ranking among the most productive receivers in the AAC. Named 2021 First-Team All-ACC. Under HC Ryan Silverfield (second season) and WRs Coach David Glidden (first season), player is the top WR and matchup threat in a spread scheme that ranked #16 for pass offense. Only given 8 rush attempts in his career. Matchup WR you can win with as a versatility piece. Tiny track star who can absolutely fly, separating with speed/accel and able to adjust body to make catches. Durability/strength is the obvious concern, but will also struggle against Zone and doesn't break any tackles. Needs to absolutely perfect ability to avoid Jam in order to stick in the NFL.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Mississippi State
  • Sep - 18 - 2021
  • Against only P5 opponent, caught 2 TDs and scored another on a PR
  • iconWorst Game
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • Still caught 6/142/1, but 0-3 on contested targets
Best Trait
Foot Speed
Pro Comparison
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