Saturday's news that the New York Giants have agreed to terms on a contract with former Oakland Raiders tight end Brandon Myers might make this 2013 NFL Draft prospect profile, but I thought today I'd focus on a mid-round potential target for the Giants. If I can recall correctly Giants tight end Mike Pope at the combine insinuated or directly states that there was a mid-round guy who the Giants were interested in, and then I found this nugget from the Baltimore Sun.
"Furstenburg said Wednesday that he’s already talked to a few NFL teams -- including the Broncos, Eagles, Bears, Packers, Seahawks, Jaguars and Patriot -- and he has an individual workout with the Giants scheduled for April 10. He’s projected to go as high as the fourth round next month."
This is the first report I've seen of a guy the Giants are bringing in for one of their 30 non-local prospect official visits they are allowed each year. Actually, he is from New Jersey so it might not even count against their 30 visits -- I'm not a 100 percent sure on that.
With that in mind I thought we'd take a quick look at a tight end prospect few know anything about.
This is information I've gathered from around the web, and chatting with people who have more insight into the player than I do -- I didn't watch much Maryland this year and there are no videos available of him yet, so I'm relying on what little I saw at the combine and these outside sources.
A good athlete for the tight end position. He posted the second-fastest f40-yard dash time at 4.62 and also had a 35.5-inch vertical jump, and a 4.35 20-yard shuttle. He has good hands and does a good job of catching the football away from his body. Does a good job as a blocker on the move in the run game. Exhibits the fluidity and athleticism to become a very nice route runner in the NFL.
Doesn't have great size (6-foot-3, 242 pounds with 31.75-inch arm length and 8 5/8-inch hands. He has little productivity in college - 16 receptions for 206 yards this year, 31 receptions for 348 yards last year. He will likely have trouble blocking at the NFL level as an in-line blocker because he doesn't have great size or length, and his strength (18 bench press reps) is only adequate.
Player comparison: Jeron Mastrud (2010 undrafted free agent from Kansas State who is on the Dolphins)
Does He Fit With The Giants?
No idea! We usually think of the Giants as a team that wants big-bodied blocking tight ends, but Travis Beckum and the recent signing of Myers shows us that they are flexible in that regard. He's athletic and has good hands, and no one really thinks much of him as a draft prospect so that sounds like a Giants type draft pick at tight end.
None available (unless you want to go to youtube and find a video of him speaking to reporters after his Pro-day)
Big Board Rankings
CBS Sports-376th overall
National Football Post-82nd overall
Mocking the Draft-not in their top 22 tight end prospects
Sports Illustrated-Not on board
Blue View Board-Not on board
Well Russ Lande, who was a former scout for the Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams and has some legitimate connections but is someone who often has very different opinions/rankings than everyone else is the only one who has Furstenburg as a highly coveted player. Furstenburg is one of those guys who is off the radars of draftniks (myself included) because his production is so little and he gets lost in the shuffle until he is able to showcase his stuff at the combine -- but a guy NFL teams seem to value more. I won't be surprised if he's selected in the fourth or fifth round and he could be a target for the Giants. Whether or not that's a great thing or a bad thing I'm unsure of as of now.
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