All right draftniks, while it’s still early and by no means are we ready to put a fork in this team just yet. As the 2010 NFL Draft approaches we here at BucsCentral.com are going to be profiling some lesser known players that we feel warrant serious consideration by Dennis Hickey and the teams other highly paid resident scouts, that both fit either a need or the current schemes being run.
The first player is both a need and a scheme fit, he’s none other then Austen Lane, an impressive senior from Murray State, a Division I-AA school from the Ohio Valley Conference. In his junior season, Lane was named to the All-OVC first-team defense after finishing the year with 12 sacks (fourth nationally), 63 tackles and 22 tackles for loss (sixth nationally). At 6-foot-6 270-pounds, he posses great first step quickness evident by his 4.65 forty. A rare blend of speed, athleticism and an abundance of pass rush moves Lane has produced 22 sacks, 40 tackles for loss, 4 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles, 10 quarterback hurries, 4 blocked kicks and a total of 170 tackles in 36 games.
Should Lane continue to dominate at his current collegiate level and showcase his pass rushing skills during the senior circuit, he could climb up many draft boards. A player that can play both standing up and with his hand in the dirt is a rare an highly sought after commodity on draft day.
Lane is currently rated as a third day pick (new draft format), but one who is definitely on many teams radar.