Initial Reaction – Jets Select CB Blessaun Austin In Sixth Round

Daniel Essien with his initial reaction on the Jets selecting CB Blessaun Austin…

The Jets finally added another CB in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Blessaun Austin is a former Rutgers starter who’s college career was hamstrung by injuries. The Jets used their sixth round pick on the Rutgers recruit who showed nice upside when healthy but just couldn’t stay on the field.

Barring a trade, it was clear as soon as day 2 of the NFL Draft ended that the Jets were starting Darryl Roberts as their second corner. On day 3, they add Blessaun Austin in the sixth round to their group. Austin has good size at 6’1″ 198 lbs. He caught the eye of NFL scouts in his second season at Rutgers when he had 14 pass breakups and 1 interception.

Unfortunately, from that point on it was a struggle. He suffered knee injuries in two straight years. Both of which ended his season. He played a total of 5 games in his last two years at Rutgers. He was cleared to return to Rutgers for another year but decided to declare for the NFL Draft instead. There’s no doubt he’s talented, but the injuries and how they may have affected his development are the concern.

The Jets likely view Austin as a developmental selection. It’s unlikely he’ll see much of the field early on. He could play on special teams during that time. Definitely feels very much like a high risk and completely unknown reward type of draft pick. Similarly to the aforementioned Jeremy Clark, and many other draft picks in this current Jets regime.