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Marvin Austin described as “excuse-making con artist”

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If you thought Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Fooball Weekly’s assessment of Cam Newton was overly harsh, you probably won’t like his take on UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin.

In a piece this week on players with potential character concerns, Nawrocki said Austin interviewed very poorly at the Combine, throwing his school under the bus for his suspension last year without accepting any blame for wrongdoing.

“[Austin] has  reputation in the NFL scouting community as a ‘finger-pointing, excuse-making con artist’ who does not know what it means to lead,” Nawrocki writes.

“[Austin] set a poor example and coasted way too much on his natural talent throughout college.  Set back the UNC program by accepting improper gifts and was called “the ringleader” that led to investigations affecting the eligibility of 13 players.”

Other than that, the potential late first round pick is a delight.

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21 Responses to “Marvin Austin described as “excuse-making con artist””
  1. awdlmd says: Apr 14, 2011 1:48 PM

    How exactly does someone who does not know how to lead become a ringleader?

  2. green18blue52 says: Apr 14, 2011 1:52 PM

    Ok enough sugarcoating Nolan, now tell us what you really think about the kid

  3. dietrich43 says: Apr 14, 2011 1:57 PM

    You had me at excuse-making.

  4. grpatriot says: Apr 14, 2011 1:58 PM

    Ouch!

  5. mhs8031 says: Apr 14, 2011 2:01 PM

    He knows what it means to lead. 13 players followed him to their suspensions. He’s the Pied Piper of NCAA violations.

  6. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 14, 2011 2:06 PM

    Albert Haynesworth 2.0

  7. bukes111 says: Apr 14, 2011 2:07 PM

    Sounds like a Rex Ryan guy.

  8. We'reFineThere says: Apr 14, 2011 2:08 PM

    At one point he was Rivals #1 rated player and he ended up choosing UNC. So he either went there for the money, to watch his favorite basketball team, or thought he’d look good in those colors. Either way, a red flag for NFL teams.

  9. chatham10 says: Apr 14, 2011 2:09 PM

    He might not get drafted but with those skills just mentioned he should apply to law school.

  10. bigmike7914 says: Apr 14, 2011 2:10 PM

    awdlmd says: Apr 14, 2011 1:48 PM

    How exactly does someone who does not know how to lead become a ringleader?
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    Exactly, contradiction at its finest. leaders lead no matter the cause good or bad, if you cant lead no one will follow you no matter what.

  11. bigbrad184 says: Apr 14, 2011 2:12 PM

    Nawrocki sucks. Probably never met this guy either. Doesn’t mean he isn’t right about his assessment, but just seems a little ridiculous to go out and write things like this without actually meeting the person first and the thing that bugs me about Nawrocki is that he doesn’t even disclose the fact that he has never met the kid until after coming under fire for what he wrote. The guy is a hack.

  12. airraid77 says: Apr 14, 2011 2:14 PM

    and politicians on one side of the aisle think their constituants are stupid….all you have to do is read the comments on a message board.
    How can you be a ringleader and not a leader? ROLMAO
    13 players followed him to their suspensions. he’s the pied piper of ncaa violations. ROLMAO!

  13. hobartbaker says: Apr 14, 2011 2:19 PM

    Nawrocki neglected to mention “butt ugly”. Or did I miss it?

  14. capslockkey says: Apr 14, 2011 2:24 PM

    Even without the character concerns, the fact he’s a DT from North Carolina is enough for me to hope my team doesn’t go anywhere near him. Although, at least this guy doesn’t have Julius Peppers playing alongside him, fooling people into believing he’s better than he really is.

  15. src3346 says: Apr 14, 2011 2:28 PM

    Nawrocki is a complete gasbag. The more he writes, the more he validates that fact. Maybe someone who never met Nawrocki should assess whether or not he should be allowed to write for any publication.

  16. steeelfann says: Apr 14, 2011 2:38 PM

    bigbrad184 says: Apr 14, 2011 2:12 PM

    Nawrocki sucks. Probably never met this guy either. Doesn’t mean he isn’t right about his assessment, but just seems a little ridiculous to go out and write things like this without actually meeting the person first and the thing that bugs me about Nawrocki is that he doesn’t even disclose the fact that he has never met the kid until after coming under fire for what he wrote. The guy is a hack.
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    Dude, Nawrocki doesn’t NEED TO MEET Austin to pass on what the NFL Coaches and Scouts who have met Austin, feel about him. These other people have interviewed him, they have interviewed those who know him, and coaches and teammates. Nawrocki is simply passing it on. If Nawrocki had said he hears “awesome, fantastic things” aboout him and heard that he “exhibits fantastic leadership skills”, you would never say, “But he never met him, how does he know?”.
    Nawrocki did not just make it up. Calling a scuzball a scuzball is not necessarily a crazy thing to do.

  17. itorrey says: Apr 14, 2011 2:56 PM

    Perhaps it was just clever editing but the QB show with Jon Gruden featuring Ryan Mallett made me think the same thing about him.

    “So what was supposed to happen there”

    “A call should have been made to pick him up sir”

    “Who should have made that call?”

    *silence*.. “The call should have been made, the back should have picked him up sir”

    There were like 3 interactions like that that made me think either Mallett didn’t know or he didn’t want to say he screwed up. Contrast this with Dalton’s episode and it was night and day. Dalton knew when he made a mistake and owned up to it. He explained what he was thinking and why he did it. Mallett just looked upset he was being asked. I had no opinion of either of these guys (I don’t watch college football) but on just watching these two episodes I’d never draft Mallett.

  18. harmcityhomer says: Apr 14, 2011 3:00 PM

    Eh. I could care less about NCAA violations. He does not seem to have any violations of the law on his record and he is a heck of a player. I was pretty sure he was the 2nd or 3rd best DT prospect last year and only a bag full of cash could have got him and Quinn back to school.

  19. gdive says: Apr 14, 2011 3:08 PM

    Yeah….but did he have a “fake” smile?

  20. tv426 says: Apr 14, 2011 5:18 PM

    Everybody wants honesty, then when honesty comes along people try to shoot the messenger. With millions on the line, I’d think Nawrocki telling it like it really is, is exactly what some need to hear – including the players.

  21. realfootballfan says: Apr 14, 2011 7:13 PM

    My only question is can he play, which the answer is yes. All I care about for defensive players is whether he’s going to knock somebody else on their a$$.

    Matter of fact, the notion that he seems to be a little bit ot of control might mean he’ll go extra hard to knock the ball carrier around in between the lines. I think whoever gets him is getting a steal,this guy was a five star recruit and didn’t disappoint at UNC.

    Being compared to Haynesworth isn’t a bad thing because untilhe went to Washington, he was the most dominant defender in the game.

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