Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg was quick to make a name for himself at Day 1 of the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.
The number that really jumps off the table was Furstenburg’s 40-yard dash. The Flemington, New Jersey product finished second amongst all tight ends in the 40, posting a 4.62. It’s no 4.38 (the record set in 2006 by fellow Terp Vernon Davis), but it’s certainly worth taking note of.
Furstenburg impressed in the vertical jump as well, tying Notre Dame’s Tyler Eiffert for second with a 35.5-inch vertical. Furstenburg added to his resume finishing fourth in both the 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles.
Showing promise as both a blocking and pass-catching tight end will be key for Furstenburg to help his draft stock. If he profiles as just an athletic pass-catcher, Arkansas’ Chris Gragg has him beat. Neither has ideal size, so if Furstenburg can prove to scouts that he is the better blocker, it could do wonders for his draft stock. He currently projects to go undrafted, however, today’s numbers combined with a good pro day in could make some NFL general managers reconsider. Maryland’s pro day is scheduled for March 13.