This former JUCO transfer joined the Boise State Broncos in 2009 and made an immediate impact, notching seven sacks despite sharing duties at defensive end. Crawford assumed the starting role in his senior season and made numerous impact plays on defense, highlighted by a 32-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Crawford was recognized as an SI.com All-American Honorable Mention in 2010, and followed that up with First Team All-Mountain West honors in his senior campaign.
Standing at 6'4" and weighing 275 pounds, Crawford has an NFL frame that can still continue to fill out and offer some growth potential technically.
Dane Brugler of CBS Sports praises Crawford for his "strong practice habits" and sees his strengths like this:
Coordinated with smooth movement skills. High effort rusher and works through the whistle. Relentless worker, fighting off blocks and battling to the ball carrier. Has strong hands and holds his own at the point of attack. Stout anchor when he plays low to the ground.
His weak points shake out like this, according to Brugler:
Not a quick-twitch player who will consistently threaten the edge. Has limited explosive qualities and lacks great initial burst or overall range for the position. Has a limited array of pass rush moves and needs to improve his technique in this area. Has only year as a starter at the FBS-level and was part of a rotation-heavy defensive front.
If Crawford can stay healthy and soak up the necessary instruction in training camp, he can thrive early as a rotational player, much like he did early in his Boise State career. He still needs to increase his strength and deepen his repertoire of pass-rushing tactics, but Crawford has the tools to be a productive end in the NFL.
It's a common refrain as we move toward the end of the third round, but Crawford is another work in progress. He only had a single year as a starter in college, was part of a heavy rotation on the defensive line and didn't play in a BCS conference. Nevertheless, he did see some stout competition with Boise State and acquitted himself well, earning all-conference honors and an honorable mention All-American nod. It follows, then, that the Cowboy got themselves a solid role player at a minimum and could've uncovered a talent who could blossom into a star.
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