2004 Draft Prospect Interview: Ryan Krause

A 6-3, 240 pound wide receiver is a commodity not found often in the NFL. The only man with those kinds of stats that comes to mind is David Boston of the San Diego Chargers. This year, another wideout with a bio that reads those hefty numbers will enter the fray, Ryan Krause of Nebraska-Omaha.

He doesn't have the 4.3 speed of Boston, but not many do. He does, however, boast better speed than scouts give him credit for.

Ryan Krause's agent, Buddy Baker, says, "Krause is a big wide receiver who runs nice routes and uses his size to shield the ball from defenders. He will shock everyone at the Combine with his rare athleticism. At close to 240 pounds, teams think he will run a 4.7. Will run much lower, probably a 4.4, low 4.5, and 6.7 3-cone and jump around 37 inches. Has great hands and is super tough."

For the most part, Krause agrees with his agent. At 240 pounds, he concedes that his weight is something he has to monitor.

"Yes I do (have to monitor my weight)," Krause said. "I kind of went over and I am on some weight loss stuff and trying to drop three or four pounds. 240, I need to be about 236."

As Baker identified, scouts don't believe he can run a fast forty time at his current weight. The David Boston's of the world who can still run a 4.3 are rare and Boston did not come out of school as a 240-pound player.

Krause expects to defy the odds and run well.

"A 4.6 is what they are expecting," says Krause. "I will run a low 4.5 and am trying to reach a 4.4, high 4.4."

Those kinds of numbers will boost the receivers' status heading into the 2004 NFL Draft. Krause says his pre-combine routine of pulling sleds has helped give him explosiveness off the line.

But who is this little known receiver?

Krause was the third receiver in Nebraska-Omaha history to have over 1,000 receiving yards in a season, and ended his collegiate career as No. 2 in career receiving yards with 2,566.

He caught 67 passes as a senior for 1,066 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a reward, he was named the most valuable receiver in the North Central Conference.

Krause had four 100-yard games this year and nine for his career. He also owns three of the top six best games by a receiver in school history with games of 180, 173 and 171 yards. He caught 9 passes or more in a game three times this year and had 22 career touchdown catches.

After the season, Krause went on to play in the Blue-Gray Classic. He rated his week an eight and ended up catching one pass, a 35 yarder, for a touchdown in the game.

"I did real well in my one-on-ones and caught the ball real well in practice," Krause said. "I didn't have any drops.

"I need a lot more work on my separation on the DBs, but overall I blocked pretty well and had a couple of crack-backs and that is why I rated so high, because of my blocking."

At his size, he can overpower defenders in his way and counts his physical-ness with defenders among his strengths.

"I am a big receiver so I lay into DBs pretty hard and lock on and don't let them go. I have good hands and catch everything that comes to me."

Some will point to his proficiency in blocking as a sign that he should move to a different position, namely tight end. But Krause is not ready to commit to that. His running at the combines could change how people view him.

Krause understands the views. After all, he comes from a small school and is not given the national attention other players receive. Therefore, he must make his time in front of the scouts count.

His focus this week, besides running well, is to show scouts he has the agility to be effective running patterns.

"I am trying to get in and out of my breaks quicker," said Krause. "And stopping on a dime is really something I have to work on. I kind of stay up sometimes and need to play lower.

"I just need to get a little more separation. Route running – separation in my route running."

If he shows he can compete with the speedier defensive backs in the league on a consistent basis, all thoughts of him becoming a tight end of H-back will disappear.

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