Matt Furstenburg Hoping Combine Effort Will Improve Stock
Likely a late-round draft pick, the tight end and only Maryland player invited is focused on doing whatever he can to make sure he’s chosen earlier in the NFL Draft.
BY ZAC BOYER
INDIANAPOLIS – Matt Furstenburg is projected as a late-round draft pick, but the Maryland tight end’s goal is to try to increase his chances of being selected higher in the NFL Draft in April.
“[I want] people to know my name coming out of this, and you know, rise my stock a little bit more,” Furstenburg said. “You know, compete good on Saturday, run a good time.”
The 6-foot-3, 242-pound Furstenburg is the only Maryland player invited to participate at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium this week. It was a tough year for the Terrapins, who finished their season 4-8 and whimpered to the finish line with a converted linebacker as their starting quarterback.
That was part of the reason why Furstenburg had just 16 catches for 206 yards and two touchdowns during his senior year after catching 31 for 348 and two touchdowns a season before.
“It was tough,” Furstenburg said. “You know, we had a tough break at quarterback. We were on our fifth string, and it was tough the way we ended it my senior year. But it is what it is, and I think they see that – the scouts and coaches.”
Furstenburg has focused on catching the ball in preparation for making the transition to the NFL. He’s also spent time watching Houston’s Owen Daniels and Baltimore’s Dennis Pitta, both of whom he believes have a similar playing style.
“I try working on my pass-catching skills every day, because I know that’s where the NFL is going towards,” Furstenburg said. “I’m just trying to improve my stock on that and show that I can do that.”