Dec 28, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights tight endTyler Kroft
(86) runs after making a catch against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first half of the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankees Stadium. Notre Dame Fighting Irish won the game 29-16. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
2015 NFL Draft Sleepers
2) Tyler Kroft, Rutgers TE
There is some room for worry after his significant drop in production from 2013 to 2014. However, this is my favorite TE in the draft.
Kroft has well above-average athleticism and explosiveness for a TE, which is similar to what we heard about Luke Willson coming out of college. The difference is, Kroft also has the fluidity and looseness in his hips which allows him be a fantastic all-around athlete. At 6’6″, he runs like a receiver. And his great hands, and smooth transitions allow him to be just as athletic after the catch.
Oct 10, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights Tyler Kroft (86) scores a touchdown against the Louisville Cardinals during the second quarter at Papa John
While blocking, his hand technique and footwork both need improvement, but he still did well for himself in college due to playing with extremely high effort and physicality. He overwhelms smaller OLB’s at times with his massive frame.
Kroft has more upside than any other TE in the draft, including Maxx Williams, in my opinion. However, after acquiring Jimmy Graham, Kroft is less likely to end up in Seattle. Although Carroll and Schneider have consistently draft for best player available rather than need, especially in the middle rounds.
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