Photo of Austin Collie
Grade
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  • 4.63 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.78 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.24 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.42 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 200LBS. Weight

Overview

Collie's early entry into the draft surprised many at first, but it's understandable considering his age (24) to go along with fine routes and reliable hands.

Obviously, his success as a junior had a major impact on his decision. He earned first-team All-Mountain West honors in 2008 with 106 catches for 1,453 yards and 15 touchdowns. This highly-recruited California prep started off his career in style (53-771-8) in 2004. He then served his two-year LCS mission in Argentina before returning in second-team All-Mountain West form as a sophomore (56-946-7).

His father, Scott, played for BYU and then in the CFL, while his brother, Zac, also played receiver for the Cougars. Had an arm span of 31 inches and a hand span of 9 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Legitimate NFL build. Muscled up athlete. Faster on the field than his rather pedestrian 40-yard dash time would indicate. Good initial quickness off the snap. Good hand usage and lateral quickness to gain a quick release against press coverage. Sharp, savvy route-runner. Varies his speeds and can sink his hips to generate separation. Good burst laterally. Works his way back to the ball if he sees his quarterback in trouble. Soft hands. Snatches the ball out of the air and is quick to put it away. Can track over either shoulder. Good elusiveness to make the first defender miss and strength to run through arm tackles. Good vision and will cut it back inside. May lack elite deep speed, but good early acceleration. Averaged 26.5 yards per kick return from 2007-08. Negatives: Questionable deep speed to challenge over the top. Will be older than most NFL rookies (24) due to his LDS mission. Questionable level of competition. Statistics inflated due to BYU's scheme and defenses keying on TE Dennis Pitta.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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