Matt Furstenburg: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Maryland TE

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IApril 27, 2013

Matt Furstenburg: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Maryland TE

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    Tight end Matt Furstenburg opened some eyes at the 2013 NFL combine after a relatively lackluster career catching passes at Maryland.

    Measuring 6'3" and 243 pounds, Furstenburg blazed through the 40-yard dash at 4.62 seconds and posted a vertical leap of 35.5 inches. He also had top tight-end numbers in the shuttles. 

    The athleticism he showed in Indianapolis likely had some scrambling back to the tape to see if they missed anything on the former Maryland tight end. 

    Here are five things you need to know about Furstenburg for the 2013 NFL draft.

Background

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    Full Name: Matthew Furstenburg

    Birthday: Not listed

    Hometown: Flemington, New Jersey

    High School: Hunterdon Central

    Major: Family Science

    Year: Senior 

    Furstenburg won a New Jersey state title during his senior season, in which he posted four touchdown catches and eight sacks as a two-way player. He was also a highly successful high school lacrosse player, having won three state titles and receiving All-American recognition. 

    According to his Maryland profile, Furstenburg was a four-star prospect, and had other offers from North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt before signing on to play at Maryland. 

Statistics

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    Furstenburg played in two games in 2008 before injuring his ankle, which allowed him to use a medical redshirt. 

    As a redshirt freshman, he saw action in 11 games with one start, but caught just one pass for nine yards.

    The next season, Furstenburg started 11 of 13 games and led the team in yards per catch (17.2). Overall, he caught 12 passes for 206 yards (third on the team) and one score.

    His best season came in 2011, when Furstenburg caught 31 passes for 348 yards and two scores. He made the mid-season Mackey award watch list, but wasn't selected as a semifinalist to close the year.

    A disappointing senior season saw Furstenburg catch just 16 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns over 11 starts. He finished his collegiate career with 35 starts in 49 games, amassing 69 catches for 769 yards and five touchdowns.

    Year G GS REC YRD TD
    2008 2 0 0 0 0
    2009 11 1 1 9 0
    2010 13 11 12  206 1
    2011 12 12 31 348 2
    2012 11 11 16 206 2
    Total 49 35 69 769 5

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 242 lbs.

    Arm Length: 31 3/4"

    Hand Size: 8 5/8"

     

    Combine Results 

    40-yard dash: 4.62 seconds

    Bench press: 18 reps

    Broad jump: 115"

    Vertical jump: 35.5"

    Three-cone drill: 7.09 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.35 seconds 

    60-yard shuttle: 11.76 seconds

     

    Pro Day results

    Broad jump: N/A

    Vertical jump: N/A

     

    Furstenburg chose to stand on his combine numbers, which is understandable given how well he performed in Indianapolis. He surprisingly posted top tight end numbers in the 40-yard dash, vertical leap and both shuttles. 

    According to Gil Brandt of NFL.com, three teams—the San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and New York Jets—came to Maryland's pro day to see Furstenburg perform position drills. 

Interesting Facts

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    —Furstenburg comes from an athletic family. His father, Roger, played college football at Richmond, his sister, Jill, played basketball at College of Charleston and his other sister, Allison, played lacrosse at Richmond. 

    —A three-time letter winner in lacrosse, Furstenburg won three consecutive state titles. He was the definition of a two-sport star in high school. 

    —His 104 receiving yards against Clemson in 2011 were the most by a Maryland tight end since Vernon Davis. He also caught a career-high two touchdown passes in the game.

Observations

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    NFL.com gave Furstenburg a grade of 55.6 on a 100-point scale, which translates to a late-round pick. He was compared to former Miami Dolphins tight end Jeron Mastrud, who went undrafted in 2010. 

    Here's NFL.com's "bottom line" scouting report:

    The son of a former college football player, Furstenburg has shown himself to be a blocking and receiving option. His strong hands and his willingness to block despite a lean frame for the position could have him sought after as an UDFA.

    CBS Sports ranks Furstenburg as their 11th best tight end in the class. He was given a sixth-round projection.

    Dane Brugler of CBS Sports gave this quick scouting report, which obviously came before the 2012 season:

    Furstenburg is a good athlete for the position and has the hands to be a reliable option in Maryland's 2012 offense. He probably won't reach the stats that Dwayne Allen did last season for Clemson, but Furstenburg has a chance to surpass his junior statistics and grab the attention of scouts.

    The Sports Xchange agreed with CBS, projecting him as their 11th best tight end and a likely sixth-round pick.