New York Jets UDFA Breakdown – Austin Calitro

David Aitken breaks down New York Jets UDFA LB Austin Calitro

Villanova linebacker Austin Calitro is the latest in TOJ’s UDFA profile series. Read our previous breakdowns on Xavier Coleman, Anthony Firkser, Gabe Marks and Brisly Estime

Player Card

  • Name: Austin Calitro
  • School: Villanova
  • Position: ILB
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 239 lbs
  • Career Stats:  219 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 26 tackles for loss, 7 passes defensed

Workout Results (Pro Day)

  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.67 seconds
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.31 seconds
  • 3 Cone Drill: 6.96 seconds
  • Vertical Jump: 34 inches
  • Broad Jump: 9’03
  • Bench Press: 24 reps 

Strengths: Calitro was a team captain as a senior and earned All-CAA honors. He’s at his best going forward, showing good instincts versus the run, an ability to work through traffic and sound tackling technique. He can deliver a hit and was a tone setter for Villanova’s defense. His game carries a hustle and intensity to it that you need to see from a player that tested average athletically and is making a significant competition jump. He was a real problem at the FCS level as a blitzer, shedding RBs with ease.

Weaknesses: In the favorable setting of a pro day he tested just average athletically. According to Lance Zierlein his hip tightness stands out in coverage which will limit his upside as a potential three down NFL player. He was a productive player at the FCS level but not a dominant one which you’d like to see about any potential NFL prospect coming from any level below the FBS.

Final Words: With the Jets having holes in a lot of areas, this is as good a roster for any UDFA to try and make an active roster as a rookie. For Calitro in particular the Jets lack a like-for-like backup to David Harris (and, thinking wishfully, a legit heir). As is often the case it’ll come down to an ability to contribute on special teams, but a niche two-down inside linebacker is one of those positions where instincts and aggression can make up for a lack of top-shelf athleticism.

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