THE 411: Austin has talent but comes with character questions. Some have likened his talents to Ndamukong Suh and feel he can eventually develop into a force. But his suspension last year leaves him as a question mark. Clearly the Giants felt he was worth the risk.
HOW HE FITS IN: The Giants can use another defensive tackle because of the uncertainty surrounding Barry Cofield. Cofield had a terrific season and wants to return but has said he could request a trade if he has to play for a one-year restricted free agent tender. Cofield could become a restricted free agent or unrestricted free agent depending on the new CBA. Mathias Kiwanuka also is in the same boat. The Giants add Austin to a mix inside that includes Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard and last year’s second-round pick Linval Joseph.