Even at a school like Murray State University, a small school in Kentucky known for its basketball program, NFL scouts can be found in the stands searching for an off the radar prospect that can develop into a quality professional player. Murray State hasn’t produced a player drafted into the NFL since 1997, and they haven’t had a player selected in the draft higher than the sixth round in its history. But more than a decade later, the Murray State Racers have an intriguing prospect that scouts are scurrying to learn more about in 6-foot-6, 258-pound defensive end Austen Lane.
It’s been a while since Murray State has attracted NFL scouts, but representatives from the Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins have shown interest in Lane.
Lane is an athletic pass rusher who has tremendous growth potential. He’s quick off the snap, uses his hands nicely and is able to beat the opposition to the outside with his burst. He has excellent closing speed and is able to terrorize the quarterback with his quickness. He’s deceptively strong, blades through blockers inside and pursues the action behind the scrimmage fluidly. He’s a hard worker who continues to learn the game and gets better every time he’s on the field.Lane finished the 2008 season with 63 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks. He’s currently the 24th rated defensive end (259th overall) in Scout.com’s 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.
A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.