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Basic StatsCalvin Austin's Basic Stats

Calvin Austin
ADP: N/A
Bye: 9
Experience: 0 Yr(s)
Age: 23.5
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 162
40 Time: 4.32
Speed Score: 0.00
SPARQx (Rank): 116.40 (83%)
Burst Score (Rank): 133.80 (95%)
Agility Score (Rank): 10.72 (96%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.18 (76%)

Calvin Austin's Weekly Outlook

Week 4 Projections

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
1.2 14 0 1.6

Calvin Austin's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#113 Wide Receiver

28.4 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
Not Available 15.4 182.5 1.3 0.5 0.2

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Basic StatsCalvin Austin's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • Austin brings track speed. Literally. He was a 2nd-team All-American in the 4x100 relay at Memphis in 2019.
  • He began his career without a football scholarship but landed one by the end of his redshirt sophomore year (2019).
  • Austin then broke out as a 21-year-old in 2020, earning 28.1% of the targets and racking up 63-1,053-11 receiving.
  • He followed that with another 74-1,149-8 receiving in his final season, earning 28.5% target share. Austin averaged 16.3 yards per catch for his Tigers career.
  • Austin blazed a 4.32-second 40 at the Scouting Combine and crushed the 3-cone drill (6.65 seconds), short shuttle (87th percentile), vertical (87th) and broad jump (97th).
  • Unfortunately for him, he also measured just 5’7.75 and 170 pounds. That’s 1st-percentile height for the position and 2nd-percentile weight.
  • The Steelers drafted Austin in the 4th round, 2 rounds after they chose WR George Pickens.
  • The rookie duo joins a WR corps that shed James Washington, Ray-Ray McCloud and JuJu Smith-Schuster. That trio accounted for more than 20% target share in 2021.
  • In Smith-Schuster and McCloud, Pittsburgh lost its top 2 slot WRs from last year.
  • Austin’s body type screams slot, but he ran just 22.7% of his college routes from the slot, according to Pro Football Focus.


Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Austin’s speed will make him exciting when he gets the ball in his hands. His size, though, will make it tough to get the ball into his hands – especially in high-value situations (such as downfield passes and end-zone targets). Austin makes for a fine later shot to take in dynasty rookie drafts, but he shouldn’t be on the 2022 redraft radar. We’ll see whether he can change that in training camp.

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Calvin Austin, WR PIT

8:55pm EDT 5/14/22

Austin's size in spotlight

Speaking at rookie OTAs, Steelers WR Calvin Austin said his weight fluctuates between 170-175 pounds. At 5’8 and even 175, he’ll likely struggle to see a full-time role — even a few years down the line. Pittsburgh also added Georgia WR George Pickens in Round 2, and he’ll join a strong top-2 of Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. Johnson does enter a contract year, so Austin could be setup for a 2nd-year bump. Still, odds are, he’ll provide more real-life value than fantasy value. At Memphis, Austin returned 2 punts for scores on 29 opportunities.

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Mark Kaboly of The Athletic considers 4th-round WR Calvin Austin the “biggest question mark” in Pittsburgh’s draft class. Kaboly writes that Austin could be used as a “toy” in OC Matt Canada’s offense, seeing touches on end-arounds and jet sweeps. Austin’s only 5’8 but brings exciting speed to the Steelers’ new-look offense. “He is smaller but he is extremely fast,” GM Kevin Colbert said. “I think he timed on our watches in the 4.4s at the Combine, but coach reminded me that he is a 200-meter guy and he’s probably hitting his peak speed at 40 yards.” Unlikely to ever project for high volume, Austin profiles more as a real-life asset than a fantasy one.

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The Steelers added Memphis WR Calvin Austin in Round 4 of the 2022 NFL Draft. Austin goes just 5’8 and 170 pounds, which figures to be a limiting factor. But he’s an electric playmaker, with a 4.32-second 40 time and elite agility. He earned a 90th percentile Relative Athletic Score. Austin led Memphis in receiving each of the past 2 seasons, with 63-1,053-11 and 74-1,149-8 lines. He played primarily outside the numbers in college but figures to be a slot and gadget player as a pro. He joins fellow rookie WR George Pickens in Pittsburgh, behind WRs Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool.

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Calvin Austin, WR PIT
Dynasty MVP 29.9
Position Rank #150 WR
3yr Projection
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Dynasty Write-up
Austin looks at Wan'Dale Robinson and wonders how his draft classmate got so big. (They're the same height, but Austin weighed in 8 pounds lighter at the Combine.) Like Robinson, though, Austin also put up big receiving numbers. Austin ranked top-8 nationally in receiving yards and TDs in 2020 and then increased his yards and receptions last season. Austin didn't break out until his 21-year-old junior season, but he topped 28% target share each of his final 2 years. Austin's 4.32-second speed could quickly make him a nice fit between Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool in an offense that needs a new slot leader.
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