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2018 NFL Draft: How OL Tyrell Crosby Would Fit With The Jaguars

Zach Goodall

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Nov 7, 2015; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby (73) blocks California Golden Bears defensive end Cameron Saffle (51) as Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) throws an interception in the first quarter at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The 2018 NFL Draft is in two weeks.

With NFL teams finalizing their draft boards, and needs being relatively evident for each team after the free agency period came and went, it’s time to begin evaluating prospect fits at positions of need for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In continuation of the Locked On Jaguars prospect fit series, let’s take a look at Oregon offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby. We’ve previously covered Penn State TE Mike Gesicki, UTEP guard Will Hernandez, and Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph.

Measurables: (#) = Percentiles vs. NFL OL

Height: 6-4 5/8 (44)        40 yard dash: 5.23 (62)          20 shuttle: 4.77 (42)

Weight: 309 (43)              Vertical: 30 (76)                       Bench: 17 (4)

Arms: 35 1/4 (89)             Broad: 8-9 (71)

Hands: 10 3/4 (92)           3 cone: 7.89 (40)

Strengths

Tyrell Crosby has experience at both left and right tackle, playing both sides as a freshman, full time right tackle in 2015, and making the transition to left tackle at the start of 2016 before missing the rest of the season due to a broken left foot. He started all 13 games of the 2017 season at left tackle.

This past season, Crosby didn’t allow a single sack or QB hit, and only gave up three QB hurries, according to PFF. While those numbers are impressive, Crosby stands out to me as a dominant down blocker in the run game, leaving no rep unfinished.

Crosby wins with maintaining lower pad level through his block against the 3-technique defensive tackle and drives him three yards back and away from the 3 hole for the running back to achieve a big gain on his counter. Crosby’s job is long-over by this point, but what sticks out to me is his attempt to land a second block on the back-side defensive end attempting to chase the running back. After watching four games of Crosby’s 2017 film, this effort is showcased frequently after finishing assignments.

Despite leaving his block just a little early, he clears the running gap with the help of the center and immediately looks for another defender to eliminate from chasing the play. Crosby has often been labeled as a “mean-streak” blocker, and these past two reps are solid examples of that.

Crosby wore #58 in his 2017 bowl game against Boise State in Las Vegas in rememberance of the 58 people who lost their lives at the mass concert shooting in Las Vegas October. We get a sense of Crosby’s athleticism on this play as he moves downfield to set blocks on the screen, where he steamrolls the enclosing defender.

In the words of my buddy and host of Locked On Steelers and Locked On NFL Draft Jon Ledyard, Crosby mirrors, mirrors, mirrors, and kills the opposing pass rusher, who attempts to stunt inside (fail), then bounce back out to get around the tackle (another fail), and shuffles before making contact to try to shake Crosby (a third fail), before Crosby lays him out and dives into him to completely eliminate him from creating pressure.

Crosby’s quickness and ability to track defenders in space gives me confidence in his potential to pull as an interior lineman. But don’t just listen to me, see for yourself…

Crosby plows over his assigned defender and makes a combo block on the middle linebacker with ease. His ability to finish run blocks and athletic ability to drive defenders fit perfectly into Jacksonville’s run-heavy offense.

Weaknesses

One glaring weakness I see in Crosby’s game is that he struggles against speedy EGDE rushers on the outside, as he’s hesitant to make contact and from that fails to create any leverage.

Crosby also has a knack for having a stiff upper body when trying to make up for being late to his block, failing to get his pad level low enough to salvage any leverage he can get against the rusher. These are technical aspects of his game that can be cleaned up over time, but his fit in Jacksonville — at least in the short term — can put those issues temporarily in the backseat.

Fit in Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s last remaining weak spot on the offensive line is right guard, as AJ Cann has failed to live up to the potential the team saw in him when they drafted him in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Crosby’s mauling ability in the run game, athleticism necessary to pull, and drive to push defenders up field and accomplish combo blocks sounds like a fit at power scheme right guard to me. He would be an immediate upgrade over Cann, and with right tackle Jermey Parnell about to turn 32, Crosby could eventually replace Parnell outside with some experience in Jacksonville’s scheme under his belt.

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Locked On Jaguars podcast and website. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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Jaguars finalize coaching staff after landing offensive coordinator

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Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have finalized their 2019 coaching staff. They’ve officially hired their offensive coordinator as well as other staff members. John DeFilippo was the headliner for today as the replacement for Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator.

The Jaguars also announced the remainder of their staff. As we covered in the past couple of weeks they have hired several position coaches, including Terry Robiskie as running backs coach, George Warhop as the offensive line coach, and Tim Walton as the secondary coach.

The rest of the staff was a mystery until today. The Jaguars announced they will be promoting assistant defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich to defensive line coach, and they have hired David Merritt as their assistant defensive line coach. Merritt spent the past season as the Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach. Joe Danna will be promoted as well and will be coaching the safeties. Danna has been on the Jaguars staff as an assistant secondary coach since 2017. John Donovan, another assistant coach for the Jaguars, will be promoted to assistant running backs coach.

It is worth noting in today’s presser Marrone stated Tim Walton will coach the cornerbacks, and Joe Danna will coach the safeties. “I thought we could get more out of our coaches and players if we split the secondary,” Marrone said. This is worth noting as Walton actually held a similar role with the Giants for the past couple of seasons.

Scott Milanovich will remain on staff as the quarterbacks coach. Milanovich was the play-caller for the final five weeks of the season. Milanovich has been with the Jaguars as a QB coach since 2017.

There were no other major coaching changes on the Jaguars roster as the rest of the staff will stay intact.

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Jaguars will retain quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich

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Nov 26, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars will retain Scott Milanovich as their quarterbacks coach, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

Milanovich filled in as interim offensive coordinator after Nate Hackett was fired midseason, but the offense saw no improvement with the QB coach calling plays. However, the team appears confident that the former Grey Cup-winning CFL head coach can handle the responsibilities of quarterbacks coach, a position Milanovich has held since Doug Marrone was named head coach in 2017.

The team hired John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator earlier today. You can read why he was a fantastic hire here. Marrone mentioned during his press conference today that Milanovich and DeFilippo have a previous relationship in Maryland.

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Jaguars to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, per report

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Credit: 247Sports.com

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator, per report.

DeFilippo was the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator during the 2018 season, but was fired during Week 15, apparently due to a conflict of play-calling interests with head coach Mike Zimmer, who wanted to focus more on the run game than DeFilippo’s strengths with the pass game.

However, despite a lack of calling the run, Vikings quarterback had a historic season as a passer when it came to efficiency, being the first QB in NFL history to throw for 4000+ yards, 30+ touchdowns, 10 or fewer interceptions, and complete at least 70% of his passes. Much of this can be credited to DeFilippo’s influence in the passing game.

Previous to Minnesota, DeFilippo was the Philadelphia Eagles QBs coach during their 2017-18 Super Bowl run, where he was key to the development of Carson Wentz and rejuvenation of Nick Foles’ career after Wentz tore his ACL. He also served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2015, where then-36 year old Josh McCown posted the second most touchdown passes of his 13 year career with 12 in eight games, along with 2109 passing yards, a 63.7 completion percentage, and only four interceptions.

DeFilippo’s first NFL coaching job came in 2005 as an offensive quality control coach under then New York Giants head coach and current EVP of Football Operations for the Jaguars, Tom Coughlin. So there’s a definite connection to the team in ths hire.

At the end of the day, the Jaguars number one priority this offseason has to be, and will be, fixing their passing game woes. Quarterback Blake Bortles needs to be replaced, and the team’s next signal caller must be groomed into a successful QB. DeFilippo has proven with Cousins, Foles/Wentz, as well as Josh McCown in Cleveland during the 2015 season, that he’s capable of doing just that.

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