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.
13074

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
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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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12/30/2014 - Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft makes the jump to the NFL...Rutgers junior tight end Tyler Kroft announced Tuesday that he will leave school early to enter the 2015 NFL Draft, saying it "was not a decision I made lightly." "After the bowl game, obviously there was a lot of excitement after the win," Kroft told ScarletKnights.com. "I went back home, spent a few days with the family, talked it out and hashed out the pros and cons of staying and the pros and cons of leaving. We ultimately made the decision it was time for me to move on and take it to the next step."

Kroft is currently ranked as the No. 4 draft-eligible tight end for the 2015 NFL Draft and is considered a potential early day three pick. He led Rutgers in catches (43) and receiving yards (573) as a sophomore in 2013, but his numbers dropped as a junior, finishing the 2014 season with 24 receptions for 269 yards and one touchdown. The dip in production is something Kroft considered when making his NFL decision. "My biggest concern is the production and how few catches I had this year," Kroft said. "But once they (NFL scouts) put on the tape, I think they'll see that obviously football is an 11-person game and you need all 11 people doing their job to be successful. I think the other things I can do beyond being a pass receiver is something that comes through when you put on the tape." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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