Eagles Grab DE/OLB Joe Kruger In Seventh Round

With their first pick in the seventh round, the Eagles took Utah defensive end/outside linebacker Joe Kruger, the brother of Cleveland linebacker Paul Kruger. The 6-7, 275-pounder ran a 4.78 40 at the Combine.

Kruger has played both with his hand in the dirt and standing up. He has some experience dropping into coverage, though did it less this past season.

“I’m pretty good at doing both but if I had to pick I would be a down end,” he said.

Kruger made the decision to enter the draft following his junior year. It came as a surprise to him (and many others) that he fell all the way to the seventh round. He was projected as a potential top-100 pick but did not go until 212.

“I knew I had the potential of slipping to the later rounds. I didn’t want it to happen but I knew it could happen, and it did,” he said. “I’m the one who chose to come out early, so I’m not disappointed. I’m just glad I got drafted. I’m excited. I know what I can do and I’m excited to play with these guys.”

How does his game compare to his brother’s?

“I think we both are powerful players,” he said. “Paul is going to be dropping more and playing more linebacker now that he is with Cleveland. I guess we’ll see what the Eagles have me do. I think we have a similar motor — we both go until the whistle has been blown  — and we both have the same mentality. I’m a guy that hates to lose. I really don’t sit well with it.”

Kruger’s pre-draft profile from NFL.com:

Very impressive size. Athletic. Long arms. Plays with power, capable of bull rushing offensive lineman back into the quarterback. Extends his arms and can keep offensive lineman off his frame. Good first step, comes off the ball well. Plays with a firm base. Flows to the football well, and is an effort player. Possesses the ability to redirect.

Kruger posted six sacks and eight tackles for a loss last season.

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  • Glenn

    Great value here for the Birds. This guy should have been picked sooner. Very tall, long arms, the way Kelly likes. Jordan Poyer is another great pick in the 7th round, who has starter talent at corner. Two homeruns in the 7th round, like they did with Bryce Brown.

    • Geagle

      Poyer also might be able to convert to a glover Quinn safety

      • Token

        Whats this kids deal? See alot of projections of much earlier. Produced and didnt run slow at the combine. Why is he a 7th rounder? Why do you think he cant play corner in the NFL?

        • Geagle

          lack of speed and verticle is literally the only thing I can imagine…He is a turnover machine..Comes from Oregon State..Assante Samuels tal;ked to him, and told him same questions about speed, and athleticism hurt him, but not to worry about…Similar Ballhawk to assante, but much more Physical of a player. I havent heard any charecter concerns…I guess it was just that Loaded of a corner draft…and there were alot of Big corners on this draft, so I guess it dropped him. I mean, he isnt Tiny, but he isnt a big corner like a Tharold Simon who was still on the board in round 5 at 6’2 201lbs…thats the only thing I can think of. He is a playmaker, and you can just see that ballhawk swag in him if you ask me….Poyer is certainly on par with the Leon Mcfaddens, and Brandon McGee’s who I rant and rave about, that got drafted earlier…This was a deep class man. I cant tell you how disgusted I was watching the 6th round with the Talent on the board, not having a pick

          • Token

            Yea I read some people say about the speed. But he ran a 4.5. Now thats just a 40, maybe its not translating on the field? Dont know. This will be one guy im gonna pay attention to in preseason. I dont need a burner at corner if hes physical like some reports say.

          • Geagle

            some players arent the fastest, but have a gnack for turnovers…He had like a pic in every two games last year…Get turnovers, and be gritty, and I dont care about the speed either……There is a video floating around of Chip interviewing poyer

          • Geagle

            right now, Im listening to chip talk about the 7th round….Poyer he knows very well, hard nose player, can play Nickle, outside, safety, adds alot of depth to our secondary…gets interceptions, and an EXCELLENT return man…Chip saying he has no idea why Poyer slipped to the 7th….He saying Kruger and Poyer were so much higher on there board in the 7th and everyone else..He had 4th round grades on both, and he was holding his breath seeing if they would fall to us…He says he has no idea why they fell to the 7th round. Poyer is an all american
            King, very gritty hard working, tough, real fast for his size…He said it was Ironic that the players he asked stoops about were Lane and King and they ended up being the first and last pick..

          • Geagle

            hahahahah chip just validated me!!! “When a kid has the physical tools, the only reason they fail is intelligence and Charecter!!!”
            Talking about how media makes too much about physical attributes..Tje most important part is trying to figure out the intangibles. The mental side is so overlooked by the public, but its the difference between busts, and players that fullfill potential
            He is saying he always knew Wolff was a heckuva player

            He just admitted to wanting Dion, Kyle and Kiko…he said if they were on the board, we basically would have took them!

            He is saying, he doesnt believe in the value of trading up to get players because it was a deep draft…they only gave up a 7th. To get Dion, would have cost us Bennie Logan. To get Kiko, we wouldnt have Barkley

            saying Tommy Gamble was always on his campus. He knew him well, and Gamble also knew howie well, so the 3 really all meshed together well,,,,I actually believe them. I think the FO likes each other, and is firing on all cylinders…saying he talked to Vermiel right before the draft, and he always calls vermiel with questions since he became Eagles coach, saying he has been a great resource…

            they askled him if he has enough talent on his secondary…He said,. I dont know lol, we will find out. We are bound to rules. Its not like I can say lets go get this guy who is under contract or that guy…Im happy with FA, and the draft,m now we have to go work and find out

  • Jack Waggoner

    Sounds good to me

  • Nicholas Disilvestro

    I love this pick. Great value in the 7th

    • Geagle

      Dysert, Poyer, Kruger were the 3 highest rated players drafted in round 7 so far according to NFL.com..

      Is DaRick Rogers too tempting for Howie to pass?
      nickell Robey
      Kwame Gaethers
      Rontez Miles

      I think one will be drafted next

      • southy

        after reading his notes i’m not too unhappy they passed on da’rick. not just off-the-field issues, doesn’t sound like he has the work ethic to fight for a roster spot from the 7th round.

      • Token

        Rogers should be a high value undrafted free agent. I think the risk/reward was good enough to take him in the 7th. But what do I know.

  • GEagle

    eagles draft DE David King out of Oklahoma…..can anyone speak on him?

    I can’t believe NO ONE, not even Jeff Fisher will touch DaRick Rogers! Lol

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Interesting draft to say the least. Every prospect, except maybe King with that last pick, will have a great chance to compete for a starting job. It’s a mix of good drafting and a poor roster coming into the draft, but it’s what you want at the end of the day. Competition makes the team better.

    • Geagle

      Cossel is in love with Wolff…he just said not only will he have a roster spot, but he will compete for a starting spot as a rookie….The competition on the Dline is awesome…Its going to produce atleast 5 good solid rotation players on the Dline…So pumped for Kruger, and Logan

      • Token

        I saw a note on walterfootball, they said they were told a team took him off their board because he is too stupid. Didnt even know the scheme his college defense ran.

        • southy

          i find that hard to believe if he was also described as the “heart”of the defense. can you have your defensive leader not know the scheme?

          • Geagle

            would you call Kurt coleman and Nate allen the heart of our defense? lol

          • CJ

            Geagle, I would say that: that last year’s D had no heart, and no safeties, what you say above is true. LOL

          • Geagle

            touche

        • Geagle

          you might have the wrong guy…Cossel fell in love with him, trying to watch tape on Amerson who had the bigger name, and found that Amerson was blowing coverages qand making mistakes left and right…then he noticed this Wolff guy, who was NEVER out of position, never blew a coverage, and made plays all over the field…We can agree to disagree, but Cossel is one of the people whos oppinion I trust the most, and who I know has done the work to have a valuable oppinion

          • Token

            http://walterfootball.com/offseason2013phi.php

            I have no opinion about the kid. Just saying what I saw.

          • Geagle

            yeah, I understand…I was just wondering if you maybe had the wrong guy, because I literally just got done hearing the exact opposite lol…Thanks for the link…In this case, lets hope walterfootball is wrong and cossel is right…chip is live now

          • JofreyRice

            Eh, Wolff is OK. About the 7th or 8th safety I would have wanted in a deep class. Maybe he’s a starter, but he’s really not any kind of big answer. I’d have preferred Rambo, or a bunch of other guys. I feel like Cosell’s a little off on Safeties–it’s pretty widely considered the hardest position to evaluate. I remember he was really a big fan of Jaiqwaun Jarrett.

            I dunno, i keep going back to the Ravens. They lose Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. You can’t possibly replace them, but they use their first and second on guys that are very talented and can replace some of their production; none of this “we don’t value that position” and trying to fill in with guys like Quinten Demps and Casey Matthews bullshit until finally trying to address it in a thin year, out of necessity. Cue someone telling me to go root for the Ravens, but that baloney aside, you have to admire the way they do business.

            FWIW, I really liked the Jaguars, Steelers, Packers and Texans’ drafts as well. Guess I have a lot of teams I can root for…

        • Richard Colton

          I was just on walterfootball and I didn’t see that. Do you have a link?

          speaking of walterfootball – They had Ertz as a late 1st round early 2nd round, Logan as a 2-3, Barkley as 1-3, Wolff as a 2-3, Kruger as a 4-5, Poyer as a 3-4. Think the Eagles got value? Yeah.

          • Geagle

            I cant believe we had this draft!!!! Im like in AWE of Chup, Howie and Gamble…if we would have had 2 extra 6th round picks, we could have done serious damage…The only thing that really hurts, is we dont have a OLB that can drop in coverage yet

          • Richard Colton

            Miami taking Dion Jordan at 3 is still killing you, isn’t it?

          • Geagle

            yeahhh, chip just admitted we would have taken Long, Jordan, and Kiko if they were on the board…but that he couldnt give up Bennie Logan and Lane Johnson, to get Dion

          • Token

            link below. Like I said I dont know the guy at all. So just was saying what I saw. Hope the kid is the real deal. Im more interested in Poyer now though. Why did this kid fall? He seems to have everything you want in a corner on paper.

          • Richard Colton

            Yep. just like you said. Walter hates Wolff and Barkley. Word on Poyer is combination of combine speed and an incident at a bar when he was 20.

          • Geagle

            oh ok….was waiting to hear some sort of incident….its the only thing that makes sense

          • Token

            Wasnt 21. Went to bar got kicked out. Then went back in through the back door. Thats the gist I got out of it. Thats not too big of a deal IMO. Just being a dumb kid.

            I mean, Honey badger got drafted fairly early considering how many times the kid got caught on drugs. Hes a mess. And seems so dumb he can barely speak English.

            Another reason why im surprised Da’Rick Rodgers wasnt drafted. Is what he did THAT bad?

          • Geagle

            hahahahaha, he coulda snatched a purse for all I care….1 incident,at the age of 20…I can deal with for like 6 Ints lol, and an explosive return man

          • Run Eagles Run

            I think people forget how dumb they were when they were 20.

          • CJ

            walterfootball is a dope. They gave Barkley a 2nd round grade going in and gave the Eagles a C- grade for taking him in the 4th. He’s notoriously overly critical in hindsight. Notice in what you’re referring to, he went out of his way to say he wouldn’t say it until after the draft “so I wouldn’t hurt his draft stock”. Sounds like he didn’t believe it in the first place, or he would have said it sooner. That, or he thinks far too highly of himself if he thinks his writings influence the draft LMAO.

        • xlGmanlx

          “Kelly hasn’t shared what the offense looks like”
          “Doesn’t fit kelly’s offense” I stopped reading after that.

      • southy

        reading the notes on wolff. lots of positives. 4.4 40!, 39″vertical!

        only weaknesses listed are “average height” (don’t know how that = weakness) and he leaves his feet to tackle.

        wondering how some people can see that and give him a 6th rd grade.

        • Geagle

          Cossel had a solid 3rd round grade on him…I mean he is 5’11, not exactly a midget

          • southy

            sounds like they were scraping the bottom of the barrel. another way to write “only average height” is “prototypical size”

          • Geagle

            lol basically,…

    • CJ

      My guess is King and Kruger duke it out for the 5tech spot. But the odds right now are pretty good that we have a 7th rounder “starting” in our 34 packages. I think saying Curry was there was a temporary ploy to get them through the draft without a glaring need to keep other teams off the scent.

  • Max Lightfoot

    I think we did well this draft. The goal is to rebuild, upgrade and get to 8-8 – or at least be consistently competitive. Whether or not Kelly’s system will work in the NFC, at least he has the players that can fit into it. The lines are better, the tight ends become better and who knows – Barkley might develop into an NFL-quality starting QB. Even though I wanted Gus Bradley, I have real respect for Chip Kelly now. Next year we can draft for a killer QB, LB, nose tackle or center. Go Eags!

    • Geagle

      outside of the QB spot, The offense is established…Im not going to give up on Watkins,Menkins,Reynolds,or Kelly, they are young and do still have potential, but I can understand how someone would say we arent set at Oline depth…But other than that, our Offense is SET…
      If after the 2013 season, we have 8 or 9 of our starting defenders of the future on the team, and only need to find two more starters, and depth….Depending on what happens at QB, we could have a competitive playoff team in place around the QB spot..Young players, grow and improve significantly from 1 year to the next in the first 4 years…so by the time 2013 is over, most of our young guys will probably have arrived.
      Arrelius Benn is the KEY…If He doesnt suffer any knee setbacks, WATCH OUT, Change of scenery could be all he needs. A player that size, to have been top 10 in YAC so early in his career, with an average QB….COULD BE A GEM! …..and if Momah pans out, LOOK OUT!!!

  • Geagle

    Interesting..David King is saying that he grew up in Houston as an Eagles fan, and he told the coaches that last week. The kid is seriously an eagles fan lol…

    • Geagle

      King saying Lane is like his best friend on the team..their parents are close….King saying he wants to play around 290lbs..sounds like a good high charecter kid.

      chip kelly is about to go live on Philadelphiaeagles.com

      Hope McCoil, Rontez, Nickell Robey, and Kwame all go undrafterd and sign with us…

      Im sure we just called Kwame Gaethers and told him, if he doesnt get drafted to come join his brother Clifton in Philly

      • southy

        where you getting this?

  • Geagle

    anyone know when we will start to hear about undrafted free agent signings?

    • southy

      is there even a timing rule? i’d expect they can get on the horn tomorrow if not this evening and see if they can sign guys.

      • Geagle

        not sure….I would like to start hearing about it as soon as the draft is over lol…so much talent that Im actually familiar with, that Im excited

        • southy

          heard we just signed russel shepard so there’s your answer

          • Geagle

            nice!! Chip said he will sign about 7 priority FA

    • CJ

      geathers, rodgers and wing are at the top of my wish list. They might’ve taken King over geathers thinking they have a inside track signing geathers with his brother (?) here.

      • JofreyRice

        I’d like to see them bring Scott in, too. I liked his game better than Barkley. Better arm. Greg Cosell was saying he wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles went for Scott even though they had alll the other QBs on the roster.

        Personally, if I’m looking at a 3rd string guy, I’d rather have a guy with physical talents like arm strength and quickness than a high-floor noodle armed guy.

        • CJ

          are you saying Scott is a UDFA?! How’d I miss that? Heck yes, get him in here.

          • JofreyRice

            unless I’m mistaken, yeah, I think he is. I’d bring in him & Da’Rick Rogers, and TE Joe Fauria from UCLA.

          • CJ

            ya, he is. wow

  • JofreyRice

    The NFL has got to be at an all time high for pairs of brothers. We have like 15 haploid NFL brothers on our team, alone.

  • CJ

    still wouldn’t mind him as a udfa..Cris Carter was a piece of crap once.