Photo of Paul Kruger
  • 5.00 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 108.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.52 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.47 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 263LBS. Weight


It was not much of a surprise to see Kruger leave school after an outstanding sophomore season. He spent two years on a LDS mission after his 2004 redshirt season and is older than most players in this class. Kruger made first-team All-Mountain West in 2008 with 61 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and seven pass breakups. Survived a knife attack during a fight outside a party in January 2008, during which he came to the aid of a friend. Had a kidney removed after a childhood car accident. His father, Paul, played football at Oregon State. Kruger's potential is very exciting for scouts who must decide whether he can fill out his frame at his relatively advanced age or will play defensive end or stand up in a 3-4 scheme.



Positives: Tall with a fairly developed upper body and the frame to add another 10-15 pounds of muscle without losing speed. ... Relentless as a pass rusher, works hard to attack the passer in or outside the pocket. ... Gets under his man's pads to push him into the quarterback. ... Overwhelms backs and tight ends in pass protection. ... Nice straight-line and closing speed. ... Flashes explosiveness as a tackler and has the length to secure. ... Also hustles down the line and chases ballcarriers downfield. ... Good backfield awareness and lateral agility to knock down passes and keep contain on reverses, run plays and bootlegs. ... Very good at changing direction in space, can drop fluidly. ... Effective playing upright as a 3-4 rush linebacker due to his length, hustle and athleticism. ... Handles coverage responsibilities well, staying with backs in the flat and on wheel routes. ... Breaks down and drops his hips in space better than you'd expect for his size. ... Mature player with an excellent motor. Negatives: Must continue to build strength throughout his body. ... Plays too tall at times, allowing better offensive tackles to latch onto him and take him out. ... Has not yet mastered how to rip off blocks at the line. ... Needs more pass rush moves, relies on a bull rush that worked against the Mountain West but might not be enough against stronger NFL tackles. ... Will be a 23-year-old rookie with two years of college football experience.
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.