Austin Collie, WR, Brigham Young

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Austin Collie, WR, Brigham Young

Postby Pudge » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:10 pm

Austin Collie
6-1/196 BYU
4.53 Junior

Pros: Has good hands and nice athleticism. Plays smart and shows good awareness, knowing when to break off his routes. Has nice body control. Uses body well to shield defender from throw. Lays out for balls and plays the ball well in the air. Has a toughness and swagger about him, doesn't back down from a challenge. Has nice burst and speed and does a good job after the catch. Able on screens and direct snaps, and has ability to return kicks. Does well on short routes.

Cons: Dances a bit too much in the open field and as a returner. Doesn't catch everything and will body catch at times. Doesn't have really speed to stretch the field vertically.

Overview: He's a hard working player with good athleticism. Has a strong rapport with Max Hall, that I think he'll try to build with others at the pro level. Led nation in receiving yards as a junior, with 1,538 yards. Also had 106 catches and 15 touchdowns. Spent 2005-06 on church mission in Argentina. Averaged 26.1 yards on 49 career kickoff returns.

NFL Forecast: I think he's going to be a very good receiver at the next level. He'll be a security blanket for some quarterback if he puts in just half the work he does at getting better at Brigham Young. He's not a burner, but has good speed and has big play potential. He'll be a nice possession wideout however that works well on third downs. He moves the chains and while he won't be a guy that draws double teams, I think he'll be very hard to stop and contain. He's that Marvin Harrison-type player that I think if he gets drafted by a team like the Colts, it's over. You might as well hand Peyton Manning two more Super Bowl rings. With a smart quarterback that shares his same drive to improve, they could be a deadly tandem. He'll be a solid No. 1 if he has a good quarterback. He'll be a solid complementary guy with just an average quarterback.

ATL Forecast: Put Collie on the Falcons and he'd be Ryan's favorite target within 12 months. He'll be a very good complement to Roddy because he's just as reliable. He'll be the Falcons starter by his second year, replacing Jenkins. He can have an immediate impact in the league. He'll probably be catching 60 passes by his second season. 80 by his third, and probably 100 by his fourth.

Value: Collie is a solid early second round pick that a team like the Colts wouldn't be mistaken by taking him in the first round.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

SPEED: 3.5
HANDS: 3.5
AFTER CATCH: 3.5
BODY CONTROL: 3.5
RANGE: 3.0
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