OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens chose versatile Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk with their second pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft (130th overall).
The 6-foot-1, 248-pound Juszczyk was widely considered to be the clear-cut top fullback in this year's draft.
He's highly regarded as a blocker, and he impressed as a blocker at the Senior Bowl in January, but he's also proven to be a weapon as a pass-catcher.
Juszczyk caught 125 passes for 1,576 yards and 22 touchdowns during his career at Harvard, including 52 passes for 706 yards and eight scores as a senior last season.
"He is a very versatile player," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He is a guy that can play as a fullback in a two-back offense. He is a guy who can play as a U-back or an H-back, an underneath back in the motion, second tight end, two-tight end stuff. I think you can put him on the line - it won't be his thing - but if you had to, you could put him on the line as a tight end. And, he splits out and plays as a wide receiver a bunch for Harvard.
"[Harvard coach] Tim Murphy played him pretty much everywhere there. He is a very versatile guy, so you feel like you pick up a roster spot or two when you put him on your 46-man roster, if he can earn that. On top of all that, he has already proven to be an excellent special teams player for a 250-, 255-pound guy, so that's a big plus, too."
Baltimore already has a Pro Bowl fullback in Vonta Leach, but Leach is set to count $4.33 million against the salary cap this season and there's been speculation that he may be released if he doesn't take a pay cut. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome emphasized Saturday, though, that the Baltimore isn't in a rush to make any decision on Leach.
"Could there be a place for both of them? Yes, there could be," Newsome said. "Because as [coach] John [Harbaugh] and I try to put our 53-man squad together, we want to keep the best 53 players."