Paul Kruger Stats Scouting Report
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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 apparently 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. After an all-conference sophomore season in 2008, he decided to forgo his final two years of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft ... member of two undefeated teams ... signed with Utah as a quarterback in 2004 and was a redshirt on the 12-0, Fiesta Bowl champion team ... started at right end for Utah's 2008 13-0, Sugar Bowl champion team... served an LDS Church mission after his redshirt season ... switched to defensive end on his return and was named a second-team Freshman All-American in 2007.
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.
All-conference and preseason All-American as a senior in 2003 ... Timpanogos team captain lettered all four years ... Ranked in the top 30 quarterbacks nationally by Student Sports ... Honor roll.
Son of Paul and Jennifer Kruger; both parents played sports at Oregon State (father football; mother track and field) ... One of six children ... Enjoys skiing (snow and water), snowboarding and rock climbing ... Born Feb. 15, 1986 in Rexburg, Idaho.