The Furstenbergs have more than their fair share of athletics trophies in their home. Matt’s father, Roger, played football at Richmond and probably earns plenty of airline miles traveling to see his son play for the Terps after doing the same for two daughters; Jill played basketball at the College of Charleston while Allison played lacrosse his alma mater. And given his son’s combination of size, strong hands and athleticism, Roger will be doing some more traveling to see Matt play in the NFL.
Furstenburg was a two-sport star in Flemington, New Jersey, helping his football team win a state title as an all-state tight end and defensive lineman (400 receiving yards, eight sacks) and also being part of three straight state champion lacrosse squads. He attended the Hun School for the fall after graduation, helping them to an undefeated record as well. Furstenberg played just two games in 2008 (no receptions) before using his redshirt due to an ankle injury. He played 11 games, starting one, in 2009 but had only one catch for nine yards against Rutgers. Finally getting into the starting lineup as a sophomore, he made 12 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown. In 2011, Furstenberg became a greater part of the offense, covering 348 yards and scoring twice on 31 receptions. As a senior, Furstenberg caught 16 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns.
Athletic build and some surprising agility. Reliable receiver, even to extend away from his frame to catch high or wide throws with strong hands. Good speed and cutting ability with the ball in his hands, can hurdle trash on the ground. Good release off the line when unchallenged from a stand-up position or three-point stance. Has the flexibility to adjust to throws when turned. Gets after his target in the run game, drops his hips pretty well for his frame, and gives excellent effort to punch and mirror to prevent back side pursuit.
Lacks ideal height. Lean build for an in-line blocker, won’t get much movement against pro linemen. Stronger defenders get under his pads to gain leverage and can rip down on his run blocks to shed. Long legs make him a strider who can be tripped up easily in space, will hop when cutting outside or inside in his route. Needs to use his hands to beat NFL linebackers off the line. Must improve strength, balance, and body control to win jump balls in traffic as a red zone threat and over the middle.
The son of a former college football player, Furstenburg has shown himself to be a blocking and receiving option. His strong hands should and his willingness to block despite a lean frame for the position could have him sought after as an UDFA.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.