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Austin Trammell WR-Ret Rice, 2021 NFL Draft

DN SNAPSHOT

Trammell has averaged 28.5 yds/KR through two games for the Owls in 2020 to go along with five receiving touchdowns. In 2018, he posted a 27.4 yd/avg on kickoff returns and posted a 9.3 yd/avg on punt returns in 2019. In addition, he has posted back-to-back 60-catch seasons for the team (2018-19).

Rice wide receiver/returner Austin Trammell may rank as quicker than fast, but he is efficient and strong with the ball in his hands. The former Klein High School (TX.) product broke his shin as a senior at the prep level, but his durability concerns have not shown up at the collegiate level. In fact, he has yet to miss a game for the Owls. Versus Middle Tennessee in 2020, he had a rare muffed punt near the end of the third quarter (1:53 mark).

This belies his down-to-down consistency in the return aspect of his game. Trammell catches kickoffs coming forward, which often allows him to get on top of kick coverage units when the team uses double teams. His shiftiness nearly allowed him to score on a 34-yard punt return versus Wake Forest in 2019.

As a receiver, he is capable of executing on the post-corner-post pattern and is fluid on stop routes outside the numbers. His footwork allows him to be effective on option routes in the slot. He understands how to work the leverage points of defensive backs. Last season, Trammell averaged 13.2 yards per reception on third downs. In the Wake Forest contest (2019) referenced earlier, he did drop an out route from the No. 2 slot position. There is also some slight stiffness in the lower half.

Trammell is known for his backflips around the Rice program (https://twitter.com/RiceFootball/status/1324833265702871042) but his coaches agree that his overall impact has moved the team forward.

While at Klein HS (Tex.), Trammell set the school record for stolen bases as a member of the team’s baseball squad. He has been both a three-time C-USA Honor Roll member and All-C-USA performer.

“He is a role model for everything we want our program to be,” said former UNC-Central head coach and current Rice offensive coordinator Jerry Mack back in 2019.

We feel his playing style carries similarities to former New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, who entered the NFL as a lightly-regarded undrafted prospect out of the now-defunct Hofstra football program. Chrebet finished his Jets career with 580 receptions for 7,365 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Through just two games in 2020, Trammell has already set a career-high in touchdown receptions (5) and is currently averaging 21.9 yards per reception.

Justin Strnad 6’3 238 LB Wake Forest

We had former Wake Forest linebacker Justin Strnad in our book ranked as one of our Top 20 linebackers, but his scouting report was omitted from the first online version of the publication.

What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): Team captain. Versatile. Athletic. Good field speed. Can read-and-flow to handle cutback runs (Louisville ’17). Demonstrates good inside-out closing speed vs.quick bubble screens from the exchange LB spot (Clemson ’18). Long strides cover ground as a blitz threat (2nd half, UNC ’19). Responsible for coverage assignments vs. WRs. Has good range and pursuit to wrap tackle (Dillon, Boston College ’18). Extremely nimble/flexible as a curl-flat dropper. Creates positive depth. Smooth backpedal in his curl-hook on his plant-and-drive breaks (PBU over No. 2 slot, 4th QTR/1:00, UNC ’19). He had a very good fourth and one stop on a goal line bootleg vs. Rice in 2019. Closes well on routes in front of field. Covers ground on the field. Made the last tackle of the game (UNC ’19-4th QTR). Led the team in special teams tackles (10) in 2017.

Weaknesses: Left an interception on the field vs. Rice in 2019 (run-pass-option). His frame will get overextended and he’ll lose his balance falling back to tackle (MT, Rice ’19). He can be a step late to read the triangle when the gaps change (Clemson ’18). Doesn’t always sink to tackle instantly. Ruptured his biceps tendon vs. Florida State (2019) and missed the remainder of the campaign.

Other Notes:

  • Attended East Lake HS (Fla.) and was named a 1st Team All-Pinellas County selection as a senior
  • 2016 (13 gms): 19 tackles
  • 2017 (13 gms) 51 tackles, 4.5 QB sacks, 8.5 TFLs, 2 FFs, 3 INTs (44 yds) and PBU
  • 2018 (13 sts, Honorable mention All-ACC) : 105 tackles, 1.5 QB sacks, 8.5 TFLs, FF, 5 PBUs
  • 2019 (7 gms, (Honorable mention All-ACC): 69 tackles, 2 QB sacks, 5.5 TFLs, INT and 4 PBUs
  • Career Stats: 46 games, 20 starts, 244 tackles, 8 QB sacks, 22.5 TFLs, 3 FFs, FR, 4 INTs and 10 PBUs
  • 2020 NFL Combine: 6’3 238 9 1/8” hands, 31 3/4” arms, 4.74 40-yd, 29” VJ, 9’5” BJ, 4.49 20-yd SS

Time to get NASTY (Our Summary): Strnad was one of the more impactful players in the ACC at the linebacker spot before going down to injury in 2019. He creates consistent pictures running to the action. In today’s NFL, you need linebackers who are capable of getting it done in zone coverage. We feel he is one of the best in this year’s class at planting-and-driving on underneath passes off of the quarterback’s indicators. If there was a question about Strnad even prior to his biceps injury it revolved around his explosiveness. There were those occasions where he was unable to cause knock-back as a tackler. It is an area of needed improvement at the next level. It would not come as a surprise if he becomes an NFL starter at some point within his first three seasons. Strnad brings extra value on special teams.


Grade: 5.638 (4th Round)