Rapid Reaction: DE Tyrone Crawford

April, 27, 2012
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Pros: Boise State’s Tyrone Crawford (6-4 1/4 , 275 pounds) is a 3-4 defensive end with a long frame that should fill out. He was a disruptive player in college, making 27 tackles for losses and 13.5 sacks in two seasons at Boise State despite starting only 11 games after transferring from junior college. He also forced five fumbles and recovered three. He has a reputation as a high-motor, relentless player who plays with power. He has good speed (4.85 40) and quickness (7.09 three-cone drill) for a down lineman.

Cons: Crawford weighed 275 pounds at the scouting combine, which is light for a 3-4 defensive end, although he played 10 pounds heavier. A native of Ontario, Canada, Crawford is considered a raw prospect who will need coaching. According to Scouts Inc., Crawford has adequate initial quickness but needs to develop a better arsenal of pass-rush moves. Crawford also needs to learn how to play with his hands better.

Cowboys fit: The Cowboys need more playmaking from defensive end corps. Kenyon Coleman and Marcus Spears are solely run stoppers. Crawford probably will make Coleman expendable. If Crawford isn’t ready to start right away, he might be able to challenge Jason Hatcher and Sean Lissemore for playing time in the nickel and dime packages as a rookie.

Could have had: Clemson NT Brandon Thompson, Washington NT Alameda Ta’amu, Oklahoma OLB Ronnell Lewis, Arkansas WR Joe Adams, Florida International WR T.Y. Hilton

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