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)
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.
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.
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