April 27, 2013
NEW YORK CITY--
Joe Kruger, who bypassed his senior year at Utah to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, was taken with the sixth selection of the seventh round by Philadelphia. He becomes the second Ute defensive lineman taken in this year's draft. Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was drafted in the first round as the 14th overall pick by Carolina on Thursday.
Including Kruger and Lotulelei, there are now 24 Utes on current NFL rosters. Kruger is the sixth Ute in history drafted by the Eagles, the last being John Frank in 2000 in the sixth round.
Kruger (6-7, 280), a two-year starting defensive end and a three-year letterman, was honorable mention all-Pac-12 in 2012. Kruger played in 37-of-38 games from 2010-12 with 14 starts.
His older brother Paul was a second-round draft pick of Baltimore in 2009 and a starting linebacker for the 2013 Super Bowl champion Ravens. Paul signed a five-year contract with Cleveland last month. Brother-in-law Tony Bergstrom, a 2011 all-Pac-12 offensive lineman for the Utes, was selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. Older brother Dave, a four-year starting defensive tackle for Utah from 2009-12, also hopes to land an NFL contract.