The Jets added some secondary depth with their final pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, selecting a local product in Rutgers CB Blessuan Austin.
Austin has had some tribulations in his final two years at Rutgers, having suffered back-to-back ACL tears on the same knee in his junior and senior seasons. Still, it looks as if the Jets are banking on seeing the Austin that was on the field in 2016.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pound corner had a solid season with 43 combined tackles, one interception, and 14 passes defended. It's this performance that the Scarlet Knights were looking forward to, but the injuries got in the way. Austin played in only five games in the past two years.
Austin grew up in Queens, attending Milford Academy where he was first-team All-Queens. So what else is there to know about the Jets' new corner?
- Growing up in Queens, Austin admitted he was actually a Giants fan. He said "the switch-over won't be hard at all."
- One NFL executive told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein this about Austin: "The medicals are going to be everything for him, to be honest. He's long and can cover, but he's a skinny kid who might not be able to stay healthy in a very physical game. That's the reality here."
- Austin had the option to take a redshirt season, but he decided to declare for the Draft instead.
- Austin has one pick-six in his Rutgers career, which was a 50-yard return in his freshman season.