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NFL Draft Scouting Report: Tyrell Crosby, OL, Oregon

NFL Draft Scouting Report: Tyrell Crosby, OL, Oregon

Tyrell Crosby - Oregon

 

Position: OL

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 309

Year: Senior

Hometown: Henderson, NV

Experience: 3-Year Starter

 

Measurables:

40yd dash: 5.23s

Broad jump: 105 in.

Vertical: 30 in.

3-cone: 7.89s

20yd. Shuttle: 4.77s

Bench Press: 17 reps

 

Career Notes:

To call Crosby a “3-Year Starter” is admittedly a bit misleading, because he never started three full seasons, but he also earned the starting job in each of his four years at Oregon. As a true freshman, injury opened up a spot on the line at tackle that he didn’t relinquish for the final six games of the season.

In his 2015 return as a sophomore, he started in twelve of thirteen games for the Ducks. He did end up playing a majority of the plays in the game he did not start against Arizona State. In that season, he logged more snaps than anyone on the Ducks offense, coming in at almost 1100 plays.

Junior year proved to be a tough one for Crosby. The volume of plays appears to have worn on the big man as he suffered injuries that sidelined him for all but two games.

After waiting nearly a year to play, Crosby finally started a complete thirteen game season for Oregon as a senior in 2017. While he was not showered with national acclaim, his peers recognized his impact by awarding him Pac-12 offensive lineman of the year—an award which is voted on by Pac-12 defensive linemen.

 

Injury Report:

A foot injury kept Crosby out of the season opener in 2016. Two games later, it was aggravated and kept him out of the rest of the season. He did not have any foot issues in 2017.

 

Career Stats: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/tyrell-crosby-1.html

 

Analysis:

Run Blocking 3.0/5.0: Crosby had powerful hands and a thick base to knock defenders off their position every single snap. When his hands didn’t land squarely, his strength changed pursuit angles of even the largest linemen he faced. His first step was not very speedy and he was occasionally beaten to the inside by linemen with average quickness, especially when down-blocking for a pulling guard. He anticipated defenders’ angles well and would consistently find linebackers and defensive backs at the second level. Oregon’s confusing pre-snap motions and zone run scheme allowed a lot of support for the developing tackle. He was often an asset in sealing off defenders for a rotation of one-cut running backs. He showed that he could enforce his will against flexible edge defenders and bullish interior linemen alike, although that ability was not consistent enough to call it a habit.

Pass Protection 4.0/5.0: Whether he was taking on an edge defender from a wide split or switching assignments on a twist, Crosby maintained poise. He set up consistently guarding the inside and adjusted more widely in his backpedal as defenders pushed outside. Crosby’s patience likely had to do with the trust he had in his power and precision. His handfighting minimized the area of contact that defenders could grab onto for leverage. He was largely a steady presence on the Oregon offensive line, but he did have technical and mental lapses that left the quarterback vulnerable to pressures and hits. His athleticism left a bit to be desired, as speed rushers could get past him. He did have the power to shove away speed rushers who beat him to the edge.

Agility 2.0/5.0: Crosby was flexible and strong so he looked quicker than he was at times because his effectiveness as a blocker overshadowed his lack of quickness. This subpar agility became a problem when he had to pull and occasionally when he had to block down for pulling teammates, as mentioned before. His anticipation and sheer size compensated for a lack of speed on screen plays as he cleared out defenders with position and power rather than precision and burst.

Summary: Crosby proved to be a premier offensive lineman in an active spread offense despite lacking the athleticism of a Connor Williams. Often, the Ducks’ offensive scheme did Crosby a lot of favors, minimizing his dearth of agility with constant chip blocks to force pass rushers straight ahead at him. In the run, he saw plenty of double team looks that allowed him to seal defenders off with his power and cleanly move to the second level to cut off linebackers and safeties. When he was asked to handle defensive linemen one-on-one, he rarely disappointed. Pro Football Focus only had him allowing a handful of pressures in 2017 and no sacks.

Overall Grade 3.0/5.0

 

If drafted by the Packers:

Crosby is a solid backup at tackle and an even better fit at guard right now for Green Bay’s offense. He becomes an option in the second round if the Packers trade down and end up with an extra pick on Day 2. With questions in the space between Corey Linsley and the tackles, Crosby is a safe pick. The Packers’ rush offense would ask a lot less of Crosby in terms of pulling, even with a switch to guard. The lack of complexity in blocking schemes would, however, put more responsibility on Crosby to handle his own assignments more often. For the Packers run game to work, playside guards often have to take out a second level defender after sealing a double team. The Ducks’ offense allowed Crosby to showcase that ability a few times every game at tackle. He has a good foundation of strength, flexibility, and footwork. Where he needs to improve his consistent hand placement. Even as he develops technically, his strength and balance could cover up mistakes early in his career and keep him on the field early in his career.

 

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