Likely middle-round TE helps himself at Rutgers pro day

All 32 NFL teams sent at least one representative to Rutgers' pro-day event on March 11. NFL tight end and offensive line coaches were among those in attendance for the workout, which was held indoors on FieldTurf.



Eleven players from Rutgers worked out, and some players from small schools, including Rhode Island and Montclair State also participated.

Tight end Tyler Kroft (6-foot-5 1/4, 247 pounds), who attended the NFL Scouting Combine but only bench-pressed because of an ankle injury, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds on both of his pro-day attempts. He had a 34-inch vertical and a 10-foot broad jump. He completed the short shuttle in 4.50 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.18 seconds. He did not lift at the pro day. Kroft had a very good workout. He has good hands for the position and probably will be a late third- or early fourth-round pick.

Fullback Michael Burton (5-11 1/4, 250) stood on his 40 time from the combine (4.74 seconds). He had a 30-inch vertical and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. He completed the short shuttle in 4.28 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.08 seconds. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 30 times. Burton is a very good athlete with good hands. His blocking skills are questionable, though.

Linebacker Kevin Snyder (6-2 1/2, 238), who was not invited to the combine, ran the 40 in 4.59 and 4.56 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. He recorded a short shuttle time of 4.31 seconds and finished the three-cone drill in 7.09 seconds. He performed 23 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

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