Kroft to Cincinnati

The NFL tradition for Rutgers continues with Tyler Kroft after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted the tight end with the 85th pick in the 2015 draft. Kroft is the first early departure drafted from the Scarlet Knights since Logan Ryan.

With the 85th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Tyler Kroft out of Rutgers.

The two-year tight ends starter for the Scarlet Knights continues a Bengal tradition with names like Mohamaed Sanu, Brian Leonard and Clark Harris all in the uniform during the past two seasons.

Kroft declared early for the NFL draft after he caught just 24 passes for 269 yards in Ralph Friedgen's offense. A greatly improved blocker with 4.67 speed, Kroft impressed scouts on film despite his lower numbers.

"I'm definitely a better blocked, and I think every team that scouts me is going to see that," Kroft told Scout during draft preparation. I've shown I can make plays in the passing game, but you have to be more complete than that."

As an early departure, Kroft joins names like Sanu, Logan Ryan, Anthony Davis and Ray Rice as Scarlet Knights picked in the first three rounds.

Through three rounds, eyes turn to late-round prospects like Kaleb Johnson, Michael Burton and Gary Nova.

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