With draft stock boosted, Matt Furstenburg readies for pro day and beyond


(Associated Press)

A strong showing at the NFL scouting combine apparently has helped former Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg’s draft stock improve from borderline draftee to bona fide late-round selection. After recording the second-fastest 40-yard-dash time (4.62 seconds) and the second-highest vertical leap (35.5 inches) at his position, Furstenburg began hearing he could go as high as the fifth round.

But when asked what stood out about his experience in Indianapolis, Furstenburg went in a different direction.

“A lot of sitting around,” he said Tuesday. “Hurry up and do something, then sitting around again.”

In between the never-ending medical tests and sleepless nights, Furstenburg impressed the scouts in attendance, who project him as an H-back rather than a true tight end. Injury-related upheaval at quarterback for the Terrapins relegated Furstenburg into the shadows this past fall, when he finished with 16 catches for 206 yards, but he caught quarterback Perry Hills’s first career touchdown pass and still possesses the size and skill to make the jump into the NFL.

Before the combine, Furstenburg heard he would be a seventh-round selection at best. But after speaking with “10 to 15” teams in an informal interview setting similar to speed dating, he might go higher when the draft begins on April 25.

He participated in Maryland’s pro day on Wednesday with 13 former teammates, but only in position drills.

“I just hope to give the scouts or whoever’s there one last showing of what I can do catching the ball and stuff like that,” Furstenburg said.

He took the Wonderlic test – “I didn’t get my results back, but I hope I did well. It wasn’t too bad,” he said – and said his interview sessions were fairly standard.

Furstenburg, however, did say he was asked the hot-button question in the wake of the Manti T’eo scandal: Do you have a girlfriend? (For the record, he does.)

Now begins the painstaking waiting game, right up until the moment his name gets called at Radio City Music Hall in late April. Furstenburg says he plans to watch the draft on television with family and friends, but rounds 4-7 don’t take place until April 27, starting at noon.

“They think it’s pretty wild, it’s crazy everything that’s going on,” Furstenburg said of his family. “I have put thought into it, but I don’t think it’ll hit me until the day or when I actually go out there and put the helmet on. It still seems like a dream I’m trying to accomplish.”

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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Alex Prewitt · March 14, 2013