Saturday, April 27, 2013
Ravens pick Harvard TE Juszczyk in 4th
By Jack McCluskey
And on the 2013 NFL draft's third day, Harvard tight end Kyle Juszczyk finally heard his name called.
With the 33rd pick in the fourth round, the 130th pick overall, the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens chose the Crimson H-back.
Juszczyk finished his career as Harvard's all-time leader in receptions (125), receiving yards (1,576) and touchdown catches (22) by a tight end, but will likely play more of an H-back role in the NFL.
He was ranked fourth among fullbacks, according to Scouts Inc. But he was the first player taken at the position.
Once the pick was official, Juszczyk tweeted his excitement:
Couldn't be happier to be a Baltimore Raven!Dream come true!Now it's time to work!#PurpleandBlack#NFL
Harvard coach Tim Murphy had high praise for his former player, the fourth drafted in Murphy's tenure as head coach, in a statement Saturday.
"Guys like Kyle Juszczyk do not grow on trees," Murphy said. "He will go down as one of the great players in Harvard and Ivy Football history. His rare combination of versatility, toughness, leadership and playmaking ability was one of the major catalysts for the highest scoring offense since the Ivy League was formed in 1956."
Juszczyk is the first Harvard player drafted since Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2005, and the 18th overall.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.