Dustin Keller: The Tight End You've Never Heard Of

Tim CarySenior Analyst IFebruary 25, 2008

Unless you've spent the last three days glued to the NFL Network, you might not be as familiar with this name as you should be (and soon will): Dustin Keller, tight end, Purdue University.

Keller was named MVP of the Boilermakers football team in his senior year, and his stock is rising like crazy after an impressive workout in Indianapolis this weekend.  

Keller wowed scouts by posting the best results among tight end prospects in each of the following categories: 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, and 20-yard shuttle run.  Although slightly undersized at 6'2", 242 lbs., his freakish athletic ability guarantees him a bright future in the NFL. 

As a lifelong Purdue fan, I've enjoyed watching Keller (a local product from Lafayette, IN) develop over the past four football seasons.  I've been privileged to be in the stands for some jaw-dropping plays #28 has made, including running over a helpless Ball State Cardinal in 2006 and a nasty stiff-arm on the way to an 80-yard touchdown at Toledo in '07.

Purdue played in three bowl games in Keller's four seasons and the star tight end posted career-bests in receptions (68), receiving yards (881), and touchdowns (7) this past fall.  Look for Keller to be a first-day pick in April's NFL draft; he won't be the "tight end you've never heard of" for long.