Maryland Terrapins, TE Matt Furstenburg put himself on the NFL‘s radar Saturday morning at the 2013 Combine in Indianapolis. Furstenburg was a four-year player with the University of Maryland, and never had a chance to shine while there. He was the only Terrapin invited to the combine this year.
In 2012, Furstenburg had 16 receptions for 206 yards and two touchdowns. However, you can’t really blame Matt for the lack of offensive talent on the team. Maryland ended the season with a fifth-string linebacker throwing him passes, and head coach Randy Edsall may have even given several water boys a good look at the position.
The previous season, with true quarterbacks Danny O’Brien and C.J Brown at quarterback, Furstenburg had a better stat line. He finished the year with 31 receptions for 348 yards, and two scores.
Matt knew what he had to do going into Saturday’s workout. He had to stand out. In the 40-yard dash, he finished second among tight ends with a 4.62 time. His bench press was good for seventh at 18 reps. He tied Notre Dame Fighting Irish combine darling Tyler Eifert for second place in the vertical jump with 35.5 inches. In the rest of the events like the 20 and 60 yard shuttles, Furstenburg managed to stay competitive in the middle of the pack.
Furstenburg was projected to be a late-round to undrafted free agent, but I’d say his workout would have him in the sixth-seventh round range as of right now.
He is a solid player at 6-foot-3 and 242 lbs, and if he can gain some strength, he may be a good blocking project in the NFL. He has the speed to play the receiving role at the position as well.
He might not be a household name to anyone but Terp fans, but look for Furstenburg to be drafted and get his shot in the NFL based on his combine accomplishments.