All season long, it was said that Christian Izien has a chance to play on Sundays. Now, he will officially chase his goal of reaching the next level.
On Monday night, the veteran defensive back announced via Twitter that he will declare for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Rutgers University, thank you. pic.twitter.com/iineMcriIn— Christian Izien Jr. (@chriscrafty_) November 29, 2022
During his career at Rutgers, Izien started a total of 40 games over four years. He totaled 303 tackles, 19 passes defenses, 15.5 tackles for loss, and four interceptions in 50 games.
In 2022, Izien started 11 games at safety. He finished with 84 tackles, which was second on the team, along with five tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four passes defended.
Izien is one of many seniors for the Scarlet Knights that has been granted an extra year of eligibility due to the pandemic. He will forgo his final season to test the waters in the NFL Draft. Rutgers will also wait on decisions from the likes of Johnny Langan, Willie Tyler, Curtis Dunlap, David Nwaogwugwu, Deion Jennings, and Kess Abraham.
“In 2018, I gave my commitment to Rutgers University that I would be the best student-athlete, teammate and best version of myself.
Being a member of the Scarlet Knights has helped me grow into the man I am today. I would like to thank Coach Chris Ash for helping me start my journey as well as Coach Greg Schiano for helping me complete my path. I’m forever grateful.
To my family, friends and teammates, particularly my mother, father and brother, thank you for the unwavering support. Without each and every one of you, I would not be where I am today.
The Journey has been one for the history books! After careful consideration, I am excited to share that I have decided to officially declare for the 2023 NFL Draft. Mission complete #KeepChopping.”