'Goose Bumps' For Fullback at Lambeau Visit

Juszczyk (John David Mercer - USA Today Sports)

At Harvard, Kyle Juszczyk was a two-time All-American tight end. He began his transition to fullback with a strong week at the Senior Bowl. Among his 12 pre-draft visits was a stop in Green Bay. We talked to him in yet another Packer Report exclusive.

Kyle Juszczyk's in the middle of a 12-city tour of the NFL. His recent trip to Green Bay stands out among them.

"It went really well," the Harvard tight end told Packer Report on Tuesday. "I was really, really impressed with all the facilities and Lambeau Field and the whole city. It was one of my favorite visits so far. It's such a football town and everyone there loves their Packers. I even got a little bit of that just staying in the hotel. The workers there knew I was there to see the Packers and they treated me like gold. Also, they took me out on the field and I almost got goose bumps. The size of it and how the stands are right on the field, it was really cool."

Juszczyk was a two-time All-American at Harvard. He caught 52 passes for 706 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior and 37 passes for 512 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.

At 6-foot-1 and 248 pounds, he's not big enough to play tight end so will have to transition to fullback. He got off to a good start at the Senior Bowl despite only playing that position in short-yardage and goal-line situations for the Crimson.

"I think that showed a lot that I was able to step up," he said. "It was something that I hadn't done a ton of and to be able to perform well without a ton of practice really showed what kind of ability I have."

Juszczyk inexplicably wasn't invited to the Scouting Combine. At Harvard's pro day, he showed tremendous athleticism with a 4.71 in the 40, a 37-inch vertical and 24 reps on the bench.

He offers an intriguing package for a team like Green Bay, which uses its fullbacks and tight ends interchangeably in many situations. Veteran John Kuhn, who is owed a base salary of $1.8 million and has a cap figure of $2.54 million, is used as a traditional fullback as well as an on-the-move tight end and lone back in third-down passing situations.

"Most people call me an H-back," Juszczyk said. "Calling me a fullback doesn't completely describe how I would be used by a lot of teams. I'd be a guy they can line up in an I formation but also being a guy that they can split out, put at the wing, even put at the line as a tight end."

While draft boards certainly differ based on the job description and desired skill-sets, Juszczyk is considered the No. 1 fullback in the draft. Even though his uncle played for the Packers, Juszczyk never considered the NFL much more than a dream until following spring practice as a freshman.

"Our head coach always brings in every player and meets with him and talks to him individually about goals and what he sees them doing in their four years at Harvard," Juszczyk recalled. "In my freshman meetings, he told me, ‘Kyle, if you really dedicate a lot of time to this and you really train hard, maybe the NFL would be a possibility.' That kind of kick-started it. To hear someone else say it other than myself was really motivating. That really drove me. After a really good junior year, things started to take shape."

Now, after living out of a suitcase for the past couple weeks, his dream is almost his reality. He figures to go early Day 3.

What will that moment be like when his phone rings and it's his new employer on the other end of the line?

"Oh, my gosh," he said. "I've tried to take everything one day at a time. There's been some really crazy things going on and thinking ahead isn't going to help me. But I'd imagine that's going to be the biggest day of my life. I wouldn't put it past that I shed some tears that day."


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