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Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft leaving for the 2015 NFL Draft


Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft will declare for the draft, Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood said.

"He has four credits left to graduate, which he should be able to get that done this spring, and we're looking forward to him having a great career in the NFL going forward," Flood said on an end-of-season teleconference.

Kroft (6-foot-6, 240 pounds) had 24 receptions for 269 yards and zero touchdowns this season, and finishes his career with 70 catches and five scores. He had 43 receptions as a sophomore in 2013 and looked poised for a big junior season, but inconsistent quarterback play hampered Kroft and the entire offense.

He has been used as a traditional tight end, as well as in the slot and even as a sort of H-back. He is a better receiver than blocker, though he is a willing blocker. He gets in and out of his breaks well for a 6-6 guy.

He has been clocked as fast as 4.72 seconds in the 40, and how he tests in the pre-draft run-up will be closely monitored. This isn't considered a great draft for tight ends, which could help Kroft's stock.

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