Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Blessuan Austin

Cornerback
School: Rutgers | Conference: BIG 10
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0.5 / 195 | 40: 4.53 | DRAFT YR:2019

Rankings

Grade
3.30
Projected Round
6th/7th
Pos: 
Athletic corner with outstanding size but major medical red flags. Fluid in his backpedal and in reverse, smooth in his hips and quickly gets to top speed in transition off the line. Tracks the pass well in the air, displays a nice move to the throw and plays to his size. Effectively covers receivers on crossing patterns, stays with opponents downfield and positions himself to defend throws. Good instincts.
Neg: 
Had a pair of knee surgeries the past two years and rarely saw the field. Possesses average strength at the point of attack. Inconsistent in his backpedal and in reverse.
Analysis: 
Austin was graded as one of the top three senior cornerback prospects in the nation by scouts before the season, but he barely saw the field after he underwent a second knee surgery to repair an injury from 2017. He possesses the size and skill to play at the next level but must polish his technique and, more than anything else, display no ill effects from the injury that has kept him on the sidelines for most of the past two years.