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.
Jaguars Release Jamaal Charles, Promote Linebacker DeLuca
The Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Jamaal Charles after trading for Carlos Hyde and have promoted Linebacker Nick DeLuca. Charles was brought in to be a change of pace back for the Jaguars after placing Corey Grant on season-ending injured reserve.
The Jaguars traded for Carlos Hyde last week making Charles expendable. Charles accounted for 7 yards on 6 caries for the Jaguars. He also added two catches for seven yards. Running back Leonard Fournette has not been ruled out to play this week either and will travel with the team to London according to Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone.
Nick DeLuca is a rookie linebacker from NDSU. He was signed to the practice squad earlier in the season and has now been promoted due to the injury to linebacker Donald Payne. Payne will be out at least a couple of weeks with a knee injury.
We have promoted rookie LB @N_DeLuca49 to the 53-man active roster from the practice squad.
To make room on the roster, we released 11th-year RB Jamaal Charles. pic.twitter.com/OmiHd2wtvZ
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 22, 2018
Editorial: The Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin
In electing to stick with Blake Bortles as their starting quarterback, despite benching him for a poor performance against the Texans and watching his backup Cody Kessler vastly outperform him in the same game, the Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin.
Now sitting at a 3-4 record, on a three game losing streak, and in third place in the AFC South (the Titans own the tiebreaker for second place), it was clearly time for change to get this ship steered in the correct direction. Just seven weeks aggo, this Jaguars team was viewed as a potential Super Bowl contender. Right now, this team is projected to pick in the first half of the 2019 NFL Draft.
And they can’t blame anyone but themselves at this point.
“We can’t do s**t until we stop turning the ball over. Period. That’s just how it is,” head coach Doug Marrone said following the loss to the Texans. “…the first thing we’ve got to do is stop turning the damn ball over.”
In three consecutive games, the latest of which he barely played past halftime, Bortles has eight turnovers of his own: Five interceptions and three fumbles.
“I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win,” Marrone stated in a release from the team after Bortles was named the team’s starter going forward.
In a 24 hour period, Marrone has stated that, while turnovers are the Jaguars biggest issue, the player who is responsible for countless amounts of turnovers gives the team the best chance to win football games. That is the message that is being sent to this team, and the Jaguars fan base.
And the team isn’t happy. Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey was quoted saying “It is no secret what’s going on here right now. Ain’t nobody going to say it because we can’t, but it ain’t no secret what’s going on and it ain’t right right now,” after the loss to the Texans. Given the circumstances, it’s hard to assume this was shade thrown at the quarterback situation.
Ramsey deleted a post of him and Bortles shaking hands on the field from his Instagram this morning.
Defensive tackle Abry Jones put the responsibility of the offenses deficiencies on the defense, quoted saying “We can’t let them [opposing offenses] score at all.”
The Jaguars have chosen to be complacent, and in doing so, this season will continue to plummet. The confidence is low heading into London this week, and the Eagles pass rush should have an easy job forcing Bortles into more poor decisions as this Jaguars team appears to be on track to a 3-5 record at their bye week.
This team was supposed go contend this year. At one point in September, the Jaguars had single digit odds to win the Super Bowl. But that is all in the rearview mirror, as the Jaguars have nailed their own coffin in naming Blake Bortles the starting quarterback of a team that is already beginning to implode.
Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will remain the starting QB
24 hours removed from his first career benching, where he was clearly outplayed by his own backup in a 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans, Blake Bortles has been named the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles in London, per the team.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced in a statement: “I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win.”
This comes under two hours removed from Marrone saying he had made his decision already but planned on addressing the team before releasing that information to the public. Bortles was benched after committing two turnovers against the Texans on Sunday, and Kessler completed 21/30 passes for 156 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his place.
Bortles has committed eight turnovers in the past three weeks.
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