2015 NFL DRAFT

Tyler Kroft, TE

School: Rutgers  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Downingtown, PA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 246 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
13464

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.752.791.65- -10'00"4.507.18

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Natural receiver (HS position) who catches the ball cleanly. Good hands. Top concentration in traffic. Knack for finding the soft spot in coverage. Deceptively quick. Versatility - played all around the formation. Good release. More athletic and gifted physically than his tape reveals. Occasional pop as a blocker. Not dominant but gives good effort working inline. Good size and potential.

WEAKNESSES: Steep production decline from sophomore to junior season will be vetted by scouts, despite inconsistent quarterback play. Was not used much in the passing game last season. Thinks like a receiver and must develop his base. Gets narrow as a blocker. Struggles sustaining blocks at the point. Combine and workout results are critical to proving scouts he has the quickness and capacity to develop strength.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Finished with 24 catches for 269 yards and no touchdowns last season with erratic quarterback play, and leaves Rutgers with 70 total catches for 901 yards and five touchdowns.

In 2013, Kroft was named first-team All-American Athletic Conference with team-highs in receiving yards (573), receptions (43) and four receiving touchdowns.

Gives good effort but most get stronger to be a three-down tight end in the NFL. He will get looks as a receiving specialist who offers formation flexibility to float to the slot as a former receiver.

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05/05/2015 - By picking tight ends Tyler Kroft in the third round and C.J. Uzomah in the fifth round the Bengals eliminated any thought they might bring back Jermaine Gresham as a free agent. Gresham's name plate was still on his locker when the team began its voluntary offseason workout program two weeks ago, but it's no longer there. Gresham was the team's first-round pick in 2010 and caught 280 passes for 2,722 yards and 24 touchdowns in five seasons but wore out his welcome in 2014. While Gresham was second on the team with 62 catches, his yards-per-catch was a career-low 7.4. He missed a late-season game at Cleveland and the playoff loss at Indianapolis with injuries. The Bengals were without Tyler Eifert and Alex Smith most of last season because of injuries. Eifert is the only one still on the roster. "You see me sitting here with a big smile on my face since (Friday) night," said tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes. "With Alex walking out the door and Jermaine, we had a transition." - The Sports Xchange
 

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