Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 1/11/09: #3 Redshirt Sophomore DE 2008: All-American honorable mention by Sports Illustrated and College Football News...All-Mountain West Conference first-team choice...Started all 13 games at right defensive end, ranking fifth on the team with 61 tackles (31 solo)...Led the team and ranked fourth in the conference with 7.5 sacks for minus 52 yards...Paced the Utes and ranked second in the MWC with 16.5 stops for losses of 75 yards...Deflected seven passes and had one interception for 30 yards...Caused two fumbles and recovered another...Helped the team post a 13-0 record, as the defense ranked 11th in the nation vs. the run (99.15 yards per game) and in total defense (289.15 yards per game)...Kruger started 24-of-26 games at Utah, recording 124 tackles (55 solo) with 10.5 sacks for minus-74 yards, 24.0 stops for losses of 108 yards and two interceptions that he returned for a total of 54 yards...Caused three fumbles and recovered three others...His 16.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in 2008 rank seventh on the school season-record list behind Joe Clausi (28.0 in 1989); Jimmy Bellamy (21.0 in 1991); Filipo Mokofisi (20.0 in 1984); John Frank (20.0 in 1999 and 18.0 in 1998) and Bronzell Miller (17.0 in 1994)...His 75 yards on those tackles for loss placed ninth on the school season-record chart...His 52 yards in losses on 7.5 sacks in 2008 are good for ninth on Utah's annual record list...Kruger's four sacks vs. Utah State in 2008 tied the school record he shares with Jeff Reyes (vs. Hawaii, 1983), Kevin Polston (vs. Utah State, 1985) and John Frank (vs. Boise State, 1999)...2007: 63 tackles was the most among league's freshman linemen and the second-best freshman total at any position ... 63 tackles ranked fourth on the team ... also had 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and an interception...2006 & 2005: Served 2 year LDS church mission...2004: Redshirt...born Feb. 15, 1986...23 years old.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 2/57 -- Paul Kruger, DE/OLB, 6-4, 265, Utah...There was a temptation to trade their second-round pick and acquire more selections on Day 2. But the Ravens placed too much value on Kruger, who will immediately impact the Ravens' pass rush. His high motor and determination drew the Ravens to him. Kruger has some medical issues -- he has one kidney and was stabbed in January 2008 -- but the Ravens said he was cleared by team trainers. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Paul Kruger News
03/13/13 - LB Paul Kruger signed a five-year, $40 million deal with the Cleveland Browns.
Kruger, who won a Super Bowl with the Ravens last season, will join the Browns' 3-4 defense scheme under first-year coordinator Ray Horton.
Kruger, who had 4 1/2 sacks during the playoffs, was coveted by at least three teams, including the Ravens and Colts, was the Browns' top priority in free agency. He has just 15.5 career sacks but wasn't always used in a pass-rushing role.
02/06/13 - OLB Paul Kruger had two sacks in what might be his last game with the Ravens. He's a pending unrestricted free agent.
01/18/13 - OLB Paul Kruger finished with a career-high nine sacks, 7.5 in the final eight games. He has 2.5 sacks in the playoffs.
01/15/13 - OLB Paul Kruger had three tackles, two quarterback hits and one fumble recovery.
01/06/13 - OLB Paul Kruger had 2 1/2 sacks, the second-most by a Raven in their playoff history. He had nine sacks during the regular season. He has 10 sacks overall since Nov. 11. He had a game-high five quarterback hits, one forced fumble, one pass deflection and four tackles.