McGruff wrote:Austin doesn't look nearly as thick to me as Smith.
And you can point to Sanders. I can point to Reggie Bush, who couldn't get away with those stop-start moves at the pro level.
Like I said, I'm willing to be wrong and have been many times . . . But it's not about height to me, it's about the overall size. Austin is NOT built like Smith or MJD. He's much closer to Sproles, McCluster range.
But he is electric. I'll give you that.
Yes, but I'm saying I was on the sidelines next to Smith in college and he wasn't even as big as Austin is now. I was around him a lot for multiple years. He was downright skinny. He looked like Kelly Jennings. Many guys with that frame in college don't "thicken up" until they get to the pros and can bulk up. Smith was skinny and was like Austin but slower in college. Austin has the same frame Smith had and will bulk up if needed.
Reggie Bush was a difference maker in college for sure. I always said if Reggie Bush was lucky he'd have a career at best comparable with Eric Metcalf. I got laughed at mercilessly. I mean the laughing and skewering were non-stop. Well... I'd say I was wrong afterall. Reggie Bush is nowhere near as good as Eric Metcalf ever was.
So in my non-expert lunatic eyeball test I'd say what I always said about Reggie Bush. He's not that good and would have been lucky if he'd had a Metcalf-esque career. Eric was able to convert to receiver. I said the same stuff about Raghib Ismail. Again, laughed at, mocked, etc. I was right on him too. I'd say Austin reminds me of Steve Smith, and I said Steve Smith was going to be a star.... laughed at, mocked mercilessly, etc. I had many a discussion with my Hawk fan friends back prior to using .Net regularly (using Usenet) and said we had to get Smith. I got laughed at. He was no Joey Galloway apparently. Anyway... I put my money on a few players this year and stand by them, and will feel bad if the Hawks don't take them, but it will be their loss. My hope is that it doesn't come back to haunt us in a playoff game at some point is all.