A pair of Rutgers defensive standouts were taken in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday evening.
Safety Saquan Hampton and cornerback Blessuan Austin were both selected in the sixth round on Saturday. Hampton was taken at No. 177 by the New Orleans Saints while Austin was selected by the New York Jets at No. 196.
Hampton was Rutgers’ leading interception-getter in 2018, recording three picks on the year. He also ranked fourth on the team in tackles, racking up 65 total stops on the season. The safety was regarded as the Scarlet Knights’ top defender and the most likely to get selected over the weekend.
Austin was a bit of a wildcard entering the NFL Draft, but the Jets decided to take a chance on the cornerback. His final season was cut short due to injury, playing in just one game, the season opener. He had an outstanding performance, getting three tackles, two for loss and an interception.
It was the only game the Scarlet Knights won in 2018.
This year marks the fourth time in five years that Rutgers has had at least one player selected in the NFL Draft.