Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft declared for the NFL draft Tuesday afternoon after meetings with coach Kyle Flood and family. Flood made the official announcement during a post-season teleconference with beat writers.
"We couldn't be more excited for him," Flood said. "We thank him for all of his contributions and everything that he's added to our program over the last four years. He's got 12 credits left to graduate, which he should be able to get that done this spring. We're looking forward to him having a great career in the NFL going forward."
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Kroft has 901 career receiving yards and five touchdowns. He led Rutgers in receiving in 2013 under offensive coordiantor Ron Prince, who now works with the Detroit Lions. Kroft also has playing experience under Cleveland Browns tight ends coach Brian Angelechio.
"My biggest concern is the production and how few catches I had this year but once they (NFL scouts) put on the tape I think they’ll see that obviously football is an 11-person game and you need all 11 people doing their job to be successful,” Kroft said on the Rutgers official web site. “I think the other things I can do beyond being a pass receiver is something that comes through when you put on the tape. Obviously there was a level of disappointment with the production. Last year I was the go-to guy and this year it was Leonte (Carroo) and a couple of other receivers who came through. Of course I want to be the go-to guy every year, but I think what came through were the other aspects of my game like the blocking. I think I really progressed a lot this year in that area."
Junior Nick Arcidiacono is the leading contender as Flood's replacement with Matt Flanagan, Charles Scarff, George Behr and Logan Lister also in the program. Flood has verball commitments from two Scout three-star tight ends -- Nakia Griffin and Anthony Folkerts.