This weekend, an NFL team will draft Harvard senior Kyle Juszczyk. The Crimson standout has had official visits with a dozen teams, all of which are presumably interested in drafting the FCS All-American somewhere between the third and sixth rounds. One team that hasn’t shown interest in Juszczyk is the Philadelphia Eagles, which makes sense given that they already have his NFL doppelganger. This offseason, the Eagles signed former Houston Texan James Casey, who shares a number of similarities with Juszczyk.
Harvard has not had a player selected in the NFL Draft since Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 was taken in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Now, though, with the 2013 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, senior tight end Kyle Juszczyk has a chance to buck that trend.
Working out alongside Crimson teammates, Kyle Juszczyk ran the 40-yard dash in 4.77 seconds and completed 24 bench-press reps of 225 pounds as he tries to convince an NFL team to draft him as a fullback.
Harvard football may not compete at the highest level collegiately, but every year, players from Crimson coach Tim Murphy’s program garner interest from the highest level professionally, the National Football League. This year, senior tight end Kyle Juszczyk has been receiving a lot of pro attention and could become the first Harvard football player to be selected by a team in the NFL draft since quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05.
According to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, Juszczyk projects as a late-fifth or sixth round pick. Fitzpatrick was selected by the Rams in the fifth round of the 2005 draft.
Juszczyk, who was a two-time FCS All-American at tight end, has decided to make the transition to fullback, where his toughness and blocking ability will be more suited to the pro game. ESPN Insider and draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. considers Juszczyk to be the No. 1 fullback in this year’s draft class.
As most of America turns its eye to Hollywood, The Back Page looks back at the year so far in Harvard sports and gives out its own Academy Awards.
Freshman point guard Siyani Chambers has been a sparkplug so far this year for the men’s basketball team. Chambers leads the team in assists and is second on the team in points. He plays nearly 38 minutes a game and has been a steadying force for the team, shooting 83 percent from the line to help it close out tough games all season.
Senior Kyle Juszczyk may have made his mark for the Crimson as Harvard’s all-time leader in receptions (125), receiving yards (1,576), and touchdowns (22) for a tight end, but he is catching NFL scouts’ eye at a different position—fullback.