Isaiah Crowell NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2014

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 02:  Isaiah Crowell #1 of the Alabama State Hornets runs with the ball during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State (HT: 5’11”, WT: 224 lbs.)

NFL Comparison: Demarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Combine Weigh-in
511022431 3/4"9 1/4"
Combine Workout
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  • Good lateral agility. Very shifty, changing speed and direction well.
  • Intuitive runner that makes quick decisions, linking his eyes and his feet.
  • Efficient in his movement, running decisively without wasting many steps. Does not hesitate much.
  • Possesses excellent balance, absorbing contact and staying on his feet. It can be difficult to stop his momentum.
  • Excellent size at 5’11” and 224 lbs. Looks to be perfectly constructed for the position.
  • Demonstrates impressive vision, finding creases between the tackles and cutback lanes in space.
  • Generally runs with proper pad level; will lower his shoulder and punish defenders.
  • Displays burst to explode through the hole or around the corner.
  • A surprisingly gritty runner. Will put his nose down and grind out the tough yards, flashing some power.
  • Light, nimble feet to side-step defenders in the hole.
  • Breaks tackles and gains yards after contact.
  • Very good athlete as he displayed at the NFL Scouting Combine.
  • Occasionally shows soft hands as a receiver, though was under-utilized.
  • Secures the ball and limits fumbles. Showed improvement in this area during his time at Alabama State.
  • Can lock on to defenders in space as a blocker.
  • Has plenty of tread on his tires with relatively few college touches compared to some others in the class.
  • Freshman tape against SEC defenses was very impressive.



  • Maturity and character are huge concerns. Was dismissed from the Georgia football program following arrest and failed drug tests.
  • Weapons arrests will surely take him off several teams’ boards. It is worth noting that charges for felony possession of a weapon were eventually dropped, however.
  • Was not commonly featured as a receiver and had limited production in the passing game.
  • Effort and commitment came into question during his time in college; has been accused of nursing injuries.
  • Pass protection does not stand out as an area of strength. Effort and technique will likely need improvement before he earns significant time in the backfield.
  • Ankle injuries have limited him since his days at Georgia, and he played most of the 2013 season banged up. Long-term durability may be a concern for some teams.
  • Inconsistent leg drive, does not always keep his feet moving to push the pile.
  • May possess average top-end speed by NFL standards.
  • Lacking in special teams experience, which could help him win a job as a rookie.
  • Average production level in college given his talent level; it is fair to label the former 5-star recruit an underachiever at this point in his career.


Collegiate Statistics
2012Alabama State1598425.315
2013Alabama State17011216.615

Personal Notes

  • SEC Freshman of the Year 2011.
  • Southwestern Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year 2012.
  • Benched for the first quarter of a 2011 game due to an undisclosed disciplinary infraction.
  • Suspended for a game in November 2011 for failing a drug test.
  • While entering his sophomore year at Georgia, he was arrested during a traffic stop after 2:00 a.m. and found to be in possession of a firearm with an altered serial code. Felony charges later were dropped after authorities were unable to link the gun to Crowell.


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One of the most naturally talented running backs in this class, Isaiah Crowell will have to prove to NFL teams that he has overcome issues that caused him to be dismissed from the Georgia football program. Blessed with a coveted combination of vision, burst and balance, he has the skill necessary to flourish as a feature back in a power or zone-blocking scheme.

Inexperience in the passing game could limit his role early on, and you can bet coaches will be keeping a close eye on his off-the-field behavior. If it clicks for him, however, he may have more upside than any running back in the draft. Conversely, if maturity and durability remain issues, he may wind up being nothing more than a squandered draft pick and another case of tremendous talent gone to waste.


Draft Projection: 5th Round