2018 NFL Draft

Joe Kruger, DE

School: Utah  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Orem, UT
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 269 lbs.
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04/24/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: DE: Joe Kruger, Utah, 6-6, 269, 4.81...Considering that he played alongside Star Lotulelei, it is easy to understand why Kruger hasn't received more attention. Furthermore, he's often been cast off as the younger brother of former Baltimore Raven and new Cleveland Browns' outside linebacker Paul Kruger. A passionate player who possesses a very intriguing skill-set of powerful long arms (34 3/8), surprising get-off and good overall athleticism, Joe, like his older brother, could surprise at the next level. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/28/2013 - 2013 Utah Pro Day: Joe Kruger, DE (6-6 3/8, 261) - Kruger - the younger brother of Paul Kruger, who was a member of the Super Bowl XLVII-champion Baltimore Ravens and just signed a lucrative free-agent contract with the Cleveland Browns - stood on all of his numbers from the combine. Kruger looked very good in the positional workouts. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

01/02/2013 - It was expected Utah defensive end Joe Kruger would follow his older brother Paul into the NFL given his talent. Apparently he wants to make that move sooner rather than later. The junior announced Wednesday he will enter the 2013 NFL draft. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound defensive end played in 37 of 38 games from 2010-12 with 14 starts. He finished the 2012 season with 30 tackles, including eight tackles for a loss and a team-high six sacks in 11 games.

"I am releasing this statement after much prayer, consideration and evaluation with my family in announcing that I have decided to forgo my final year of eligibility and enter the 2013 draft," he said in a statement. "These past three years, I have been honored to be a part of a very special group of teammates and coaches at the University of Utah. I have cherished what has been an amazing college experience."

Joe's older brother Paul plays for the Baltimore Ravens while older brother Dave finished his career in 2012, logging 30 tackles at tackle. - Lya Wodraska, The Salt Lake Tribune

01/02/2013 - Utah junior defensive end Joe Kruger has elected to forego his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the 2013 NFL draft, Utah announced on Wednesday. Kruger, a 6-foot-7, 280-pound defensive end, led the Utes with six sacks in 2012. He also had 30 tackles, including eight of them behind the line, an interception and two forced fumbles. The decision by Kruger means that Utah will lose two key members off its defensive line from 2012. Big tackle Star Lotuleilei is expected to be one of the top picks in the draft.

Kruger is definitely an intriguing prospect with his size, wingspan and athletic ability and, if he tests well, a team might fall in love with him and take him in the first few rounds. His brother, Paul, was a second round pick for the Baltimore Ravens in 2008. Rising senior Niasi Leota, Kruger's backup this past season, looks to be the favorite to replace him in 2013. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com

01/02/2013 - Utah defensive end Joe Kruger has opted not to return for his senior season and instead will enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound junior played in 37 of 38 games for the Utes from 2010 to 2012, with 14 starts. He led Utah with six sacks this season and had eight tackles for loss. Joe is the youngest of three Kruger brothers. Paul plays linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens and Dave just finished his Utah career as a four-year starting defensive tackle.

Joe Kruger says it was ''priceless'' playing alongside brother Dave but he now is ready to pursue a lifelong dream of suiting up in the NFL. The school released a statement from Joe Kruger and coach Kyle Whittingham on Wednesday. Kruger's decision to turn pro is another blow for the Utes defensive line. Nose tackle Star Lotulelei just completed his senior year and figures to be one of the top picks in the April draft. - AP Sports

11/30/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION: DL Joe Kruger, Jr.,...has been selected All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the 2012 college football season. - Utah football

10/04/2012 - DE Joe Kruger (foot) is questionable to play against USC after missing the Arizona State game. Trevor Reilly moved over from outside linebacker to start in his place against the Sun Devils, and the Utes placed a nickel defense to start the game. The defense's goal is to stop the run first, but the coaching staff just needs the best 11 players out there. - The Sports Xchange

09/24/2012 - DE Joe Kruger missed Saturday's game against Arizona State with a foot injury. Jacoby Hale and Nate Fakahafua started in Kruger's place as the Utes used five defensive linemen to start the game.

09/09/2012 - DE Joe Kruger faces a half-game suspension for throwing a punch in the fourth quarter against Utah State.