College recruiting can take teams to almost every corner of the country. But rarely does a program go outside of the United States in search of young talent. In Rutgers’ case, they went all the way out to Märsta, Sweden.

According to OnTheBanks.com, Rutgers secured defensive lineman Robin Jutwerten from the Arlanda Jets, an amateur American Football team from the D1 American Football Association.

Jutwreten officially committed to Rutgers last Tuesday after having verbally committed two weeks ago.

The “Swede Fiend” (I made that up, copyright pending) comes in with a lot of upside and potential. By the look of his Hudl.com game tape, he is shaping up to be an immediate contributor for the Scarlet Knights going into 2018.

Here is a quick analysis of the young defensive lineman;

Faster than a ball carrier

According to his Hudl.com, Jutwreten runs a 4.5 on the 40-yard dash. That’s faster than three of the top rookie running backs from last year’s NFL Draft (Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette (4.51), New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara (4.56) and Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt (4.62)).

Jutwreten is a bullet to the target. Once he locks in on a ball carrier, he will not only beat a lineman off the line of scrimmage but get there fast enough to bury the quarterback before he can even get a handoff.

When he plays on the outside, Jutwresten’s speed helps him bury ball carriers in the backfield, making it near difficult to run toss, stretch or outside runs against him. He is a guarantee to put up at least one tackle for loss per game.

Where CAN’T he play

Watching his game film, I saw Jutwreten line up in three different positions; interior defensive tackle, defensive end, and edge-rushing outside linebacker. You will not ever see Jutwreten drop into coverage, but only because he does not have to.

As a lineman, Jutwreten can line up just about anywhere. While he is usually seen on the weak side, Jutwreten is able to make plays wherever the ball goes. He knows how to create turnovers and is not afraid to take on double, even triple teams when he needs to.

As an outside linebacker, Jutwreten is better used in blitz packages. His speed allows him to pick up enough momentum to bull rush the heck out of an unsuspecting offensive tackle.

Jutwreten is a dangerous man in the box. No matter where he lines up, you will find him already in the backfield by the time that ball is snapped.

Jutwreten is an athletic phenom. At 6-4, 235 pounds, he possesses a combination of immense strength and speed, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone else like him. But perhaps Jutwreten’s best trait is not a physical one, but more a mental one.

Jutwreten plays with the mentality of a chess player from the point of contact with a blocker. He can throw out a swim move, rip move, spin around, bull rush, or even just outrun blockers on his way for a tackle or a sack. It is a battle of wits when he is shedding a block, usually ending with Jutwreten winning the match. Checkmate.

What Jutwerten can improve on

The only thing I believe Jutwreten needs to improve on is to stay low when he comes out of his stance. Jutwreten stands right up, leaving him vulnerable to getting hit in the ribs or swayed by a well-technique lineman.

Jutwreten did not have that issue in Sweden because he played against linemen that were dwarves compared to him. Against Big 10 offensive lineman, who are around Jutwreten’s size, if not larger, Jutwreten will have a harder time getting through.

In conclusion, Jutwreten is an athletic freak for the Scarlet Knights and an immense acquisition. With his talents and intelligence for the game, I can see Jutwreten blowing through Big 10 offensive lines, driving quarterbacks to the ground and pushing running backs so far back, they will not be able to get that yardage back.

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There’s an old saying in sports fandom; “If you’re a fan of a winning team, you’re a fan of the winning. If you’re a fan of the losing team, then you’re a fan of the team.” And as an NYCFC, Mets, Jets, Knicks, and Rutgers fan, I might as well have that quote tattooed on my back in big bold letters. Winning is not a sports culture I’m familiar with. I haven’t felt the sensation of seeing my team hoist a championship, make a deep playoff run, or even just qualify for a playoff spot since I became a sports fan eight years ago. I’ve felt disappointment, heartbreak, frustration, and even fits of rage cheering for these teams (special shout out to the Knicks for that last one). But I can say with pride that my faith in these teams hasn’t wavered through the years, and it never will! No matter how hard I try.
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Content Creator at Armchair Rutgers The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
There’s an old saying in sports fandom; “If you’re a fan of a winning team, you’re a fan of the winning. If you’re a fan of the losing team, then you’re a fan of the team.” And as an NYCFC, Mets, Jets, Knicks, and Rutgers fan, I might as well have that quote tattooed on my back in big bold letters. Winning is not a sports culture I’m familiar with. I haven’t felt the sensation of seeing my team hoist a championship, make a deep playoff run, or even just qualify for a playoff spot since I became a sports fan eight years ago. I’ve felt disappointment, heartbreak, frustration, and even fits of rage cheering for these teams (special shout out to the Knicks for that last one). But I can say with pride that my faith in these teams hasn’t wavered through the years, and it never will! No matter how hard I try.

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