BEREA: Former Cloverleaf High standout and Harvard tight end Kyle Juszczyk was selected in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens with the No. 130 overall pick on Saturday.
Juszczyk becomes the fourth-highest player from Harvard ever drafted and the first since the St. Louis Rams took quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the seventh round of the 2005 draft.
Juszczyk has been profiled as a fullback throughout the draft process and is expected to make the switch from tight end for the Ravens. He fits the profile of a trending change in the way fullbacks are used, from one-trick, hard-nosed runners to dual-threat options who can run, block and catch.
“I don’t think I’m that traditional old-school fullback that’s going to run [isolations] all day, but I feel that is something I can be effective at,” he told Ravens reporters in a teleconference. “I think there are other ways I can be used.”
Juszczyk met with 12 teams and left the Senior Bowl with a good feeling about going to the Ravens.
“After meeting with [running backs] coach [Wilbert] Montgomery and looking over some tape as a fullback, they did a lot of things that I had done at the Senor Bowl and some stuff I did in college that, I guess, not a lot of people have seen,” he said. “Some of the things that he told me that he had in store if I were to end up there were really things that fit me well.”
Juszczyk caught 52 passes for 706 yards and eight touchdowns for Harvard en route to earning first-team All-America honors.
Adams signs with Texans
Buchtel graduate and Michigan State cornerback Johnny Adams carried a sixth- or seventh-round draft projection from NFLDraftScout.com but wasn’t selected by any NFL team.
Adams was ranked as the 26th-best cornerback entering the draft but wasn’t among the 29 taken. He signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the Houston Texans shortly after the draft concluded.
He was invited to the Senior Bowl but never showed up for his weigh-in and first practice, reportedly due to injury. Adams missed the Spartans’ 17-16 win over Texas Christian in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl with a turf-toe injury, which could have been the reason he was not drafted.
He was then a limited participant at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
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