We all know that if a draft is to be successful you need some good late round picks. Everyone talks about who we will take in the first 2 rounds. But Tommy boy was taken in the 6th as was Alfred Morris, last year. I would now like to present for your consideration a swiss-army knife type player that can move around the formation at tight end, fullback, slot receiver and H-Back. He can be a very versatile weapon. But he is mostly considered to be a FB, and finally we will have a worthy successor to Tony Richardson:
Kyle Juszczyk, FB/TE, Harvard - 5 or 6th Round Grade
Height: 6-1 Weight: 248
"Kyle Juszczyk from Harvard is an ideal H-back/fullback candidate. He has been impressive as a lead blocker on the inside run game and has decleated a number of linebackers in the run drills. He is a fine receiver out of the backfield or as a wing has been excellent all week. He has soft hands, runs good routes and is physical after the catch. The 49ers run a lot of two- and three-tight sets and a number of teams are studying that offense. Juszczyk would be a great fit for that type of offense". - Pat Kirwan at Senior Bowl
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Juszczyk led the Ivy League with eight touchdown receptions and led a potent Harvard team with 52 catches for 706 yards (13.6 ypc). For his career, he set the mark for all Harvard tight ends with 125 catches (6th all-time) for 1,576 yards (7th all-time) and 22 touchdowns (3rd all-time).
Strengths: Good H-back/fullback candidate. Good lead blocker, with the ability to de-cleat defenders. Soft hands, runs solid routes and can pick up the tough yards after the catch.
Weaknesses: Level of competition concerns. Must display the versatility to be able to line up in the backfield and be an effective lead blocker in the hole against NFL linebackers.
40 Yrd Dash: 4.71
20 Yrd Dash: 2.75
10 Yrd Dash: 1.60
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 24
Vertical Jump: 37
Broad Jump: 10'01"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.19
3-Cone Drill: 6.93
Gil Brandt of NFL.com said:
“Juszczyk – who was not at the NFL Scouting Combine – ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 and 4.71 seconds. He had a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-1 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.19 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.93 seconds. He performed 24 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Juszczyk played some tight end and H-back for the Crimson, but worked out at fullback at his pro day. He had a very good workout, and I imagine that this showing will earn Juszczyk a draft selection somewhere in the fifth or sixth rounds.
ESPN's Mel Kiper listed Harvard's Kyle Juszczyk as 2013's top FB:
"Juszczyk took over (Florida State's Lonnie) Pryor as the top guy available," Kiper writes. "He's been fantastic during the evaluation process." Juszczyk attended the Senior Bowl and looked at home as a lean blocker. He also possesses dependable receiving skills after being split out wide as a receiver while at Harvard. Also of note here: Juszczyk runs a faster 40 than the top two tight ends on the board, Stanford’s Zach Ertz and Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert.
Juszcyk played a lot of tight end at Harvard and led the team in receptions as a senior. He had 52 catches for 706 yards and eight touchdowns. Juszcyk will have to move to fullback for the NFL. He performed well in that role at the Senior Bowl. Juszcyk did well as a blocker and receiver. He did not participate in the Combine.
In an era where fullbacks are often overlooked altogether, it might be surprising to see one listed as a player with the potential to be one of the more unique weapons in the Draft. And while Kyle Juszczyk isn't likely to be drafted within the first few rounds of the draft, but the Harvard product will likely end up making an impact at the next level anyway.
Juszczyk isn't a prototypical fullback. He wasn't invited to the Combine, but at his pro day he put up some extremely impressive numbers. His 4.71 forty time wouldn't have stood out in Indianapolis, but his 37 in vertical, 10 foot 1 inch broad jump, and 24 reps on the bench press show what an athletic talent Juszczyk is.
While at Harvard he led the team in receiving in 2012, catching 52 passes for 706 yards. He was also a strong lead blocker when asked to, and with such strong talent in the running and passing game he should prove to be a great H-Back player in the NFL.
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for?
KJ: Growing up my favorite team was the New York Jets. I idolized Wayne Chrebet for his ruggedness at the wide receiver position. I’ve read his biography four times now.
Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check?
KJ: More than likely groceries
If you could meet one person, dead or alive who would it be and why?
KJ: Wayne Chrebet. He’s been my favorite player since I was in elementary school and he’s the definition of a blue collar player.
At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film?
KJ: Being an H-back I actually play a lot of different positions so there are numerous things for me to focus on when watching film. For example, as a fullback I look to see how a team’s Sam backer takes on a kick out block on power (whether he avoids contact or sets a physical edge). When I’m lined up as a slot receiver I look to see how the defense aligns for certain coverage’s and strategize how I can best get to my landmarks of my routes.
A Jets fan who loves Wayne Chrebet, on top of everything else this is also one smart guy.