Philadelphia Eagles New DE Joe Kruger Comes From a Litter of Talent Out of Utah

By Joe Doris
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The incredible rarity of a pair of brothers each excelling in the NFL has always been well documented, with some of the most notable blood-duos of recent history being Peyton and Eli Manning, Ronde and Tiki Barber, Thomas and Julius Jones, and also Jim and John Harbaugh in the coaching ranks.

Well, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to spend their 7th-round, 212th-overall pick of last week’s 2013 NFL Draft on DE Joe Kruger, the youngest of a brotherly trio of elite physical specimens who all played college ball at the University of Utah.

Joe’s oldest brother, Paul Kruger, was the first of his siblings to break into the NFL, as he played for the Baltimore Ravens for the past four years before signing a lucrative deal with the Cleveland Browns this off-season. Paul was a huge contributor in the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers in February, sacking ‘9ers QB Colin Kaepernick two times at crucial moments.

David Kruger, who is between Joe and Paul in age, also signed on with the Browns after going undrafted in 2013. Paul was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, making David the only one of the Kruger brothers who was not selected during the draft.

The Eagles may have certainly found a late-round steal in Joe, who is actually the biggest of his brothers, standing at 6′ 7” and weighing in at over 280 pounds.

If Kruger can make a significant impression on head coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles early this off-season, he could have a legitimate shot at becoming a starting defensive end for the Birds in 2013, with DE Brandon Graham acting as the opposite bookend.


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