In my attempt to find anything about football I decided to learn more about the Raiders 7th round pick David Ausberry, and to be honest I did not find much. Of the stats I found he was 4th in receiving yards with 252 and 3rd in receiving TD's with 4. Just by those numbers he is not impressive at all, but after I found some video on the guy I liked what I saw.Ausberry has a big body and he uses it pretty well to get in front of the corner to make a play on the ball. He will not wow you with the usual Oakland speed, but does a nice job of turning up field and gaining yards, and has pretty good field vision that allows him to get into open space. He seems to time his jump decently and shows the ability to come down with the tough catches.
The thing I like most about him though is, he is an old school football player. He doesn't care where he plays as long as he plays, whether it is receiver, tight end, or even fullback, he just wants to help his team win. That being said, he does have a tendency to let the ball get into his body on some catches, and that could be an issue down the road. I didn't see any tape of balls bouncing off of his chest obviously so I can't say if this is a problem for him or not.
The biggest concern for me though is his freshman year was his most productive year. After that he dropped dramatically for two years, then came back strong his senior year. I do not watch USC games since so I cannot say what caused this drop in stats and with such little information on him I can't research it either. Overall, I could see Ausberry being a solid depth guy at receiver or fullback, but I see him best fit for a second receiving tight end when Miller needs a rest or use him in a goal line set or in short yardage situations. I don't expect him to be a huge contributor, but he could be a solid role player.
What do you think Nation? Here is the Highlight Video I watched.
USC WR #9 David Ausberry Highlights 2010 (via CaliforniasGold)