Paul Kruger is a linebacker/defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens, who selected him with the 57th overall pick in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Kruger played collegiately at Utah, where he helped lead the Utes to a 13-0 record during the 2008 season. Kruger, who only played two seasons of college football due to a Mormon mission, chose to forgo his final two years of eligibility to enter the 2009 NFL Draft. Kruger is 6-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs 260 pounds.
Prep Career
Kruger was a quarterback at Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah and signed with the University of Utah. Kruger sat out the 2004 season as a redshirt. After that season, he went on a two-year Mormon mission.
Freshman Year
Kruger returned in 2007 and switched to defensive end. He played all 13 games for the Utes, starting 11. He finished the season with 63 total tackles (7.5 for loss) and 3.0 sacks. He recorded his first career interception against UCLA, and had a sack in the Poinsettia Bowl win against Navy.
In January of 2008, Kruger, his teammate Greg Newman, and his younger brother Dave were attacked, leaving Paul Kruger with critical stab wounds. Kruger, who'd already lost a kidney and his spleen in a near-fatal car accident when he was 13, was in the hospital for three weeks and lost 20 pounds.
Sophomore Year
Kruger recovered in time to play the 2008 season. He started all 13 games for Utah, earning first team All-Mountain West honors. He finished with 61 total tackles. His 16.5 tackles for loss ranked second in the Mountain West, and he led the Utes with 7.5 sacks.
NFL Career
Paul Kruger was selected in the second round (57th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Two days before the start of training camp in 2009, Kruger agreed to a four-year/$2.75M contract with Baltimore. He signed the contract on July 27, the reporting date for Ravens rookies. Kruger started three of the Ravens four preseason games in 2009, but struggled to break into the regular season rotation. He played in just one of Baltimore's first 8 games of the season, before injuries forced him into the lineup. In Week 12, he recorded his first career interception, picking off Steelers QB Dennis Dixon in overtime to help the Ravens earn a three-point win.
Paul Kruger's father, Paul, played football at Oregon State. His brother, Dave, is a defensive lineman at Utah.