Blessuan Austin

Rutgers
CB

Prospect Info

College
Rutgers
Hometown
Class
NY
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
198 lbs
32 1/2”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.33
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Jets
Jets
Round 6 ‧ Pick 24
40 Yard Dash
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Bench Press
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Vertical Jump
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Broad Jump
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3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Austin came into the 2017 season as an up-and-coming prospect, catching NFL scouts' eyes with 14 pass breakups as sophomore (41 tackles, one sack, one INT in 11 starts). He started the first four games of his junior season and then suffered a torn ACL, which ended his season prematurely (12 tackles, one INT, one PBU). Another knee injury occurring in the 2018 opener (three tackles, two for loss, one sack, one interception against Texas State) short-circuited his final year with Scarlet Knights. Instead of seeking a redshirt season, Austin declared himself eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft. The former first-team All-Queens offensive star and Milford Academy attendee played in 11 games with 10 starts in his first year with the Scarlet Knights in 2015 (33 tackles, two for loss, four pass breakups). He returned his only interception of the year 50 yards for a score.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 6
Overview
Tall cornerback with good length who possesses good change of direction talent and short-area quickness to stay within striking distance of ball production. Austin's is a little inconsistent mirroring the release from press and he may lack upper body strength to re-route bigger cornerbacks in the league. While teams can figure which coverage is best suited to his talent, his draft value may end up being tied directly to concerns over durability which have already impacted my own grade.
Strengths
  • Tall, long and athletic
  • Experience in a variety of coverages
  • Effective use of above-average arm length
  • Twitchy burst to disrupt the catch
  • Good vision and balance in Cover-3 bail
  • Above-average short-area footwork
  • Shows talent to stop and shadow comebacks and outs
  • Early accelerator to reach top-end speed quickly
  • Ball skills to make tough plays on deep ball
Weaknesses
  • Durability flags are beet red
  • Has played in just five games over last two years
  • Had season-ending surgery on same knee in back-to-back years
  • Thin frame sits on skinny legs
  • Needs play strength to compete for catch space against NFL size
  • Gives up inside position to hard outside sets
  • Base widens in press slowing ability to open and run
  • Allows early separation window
  • Sticks on blocks for too long
Sources Tell Us

"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." -- NFC Executive

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league