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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 on the Locked On Jaguars Podcast and on BigCatCountry.com. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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New York Jets Call Jaguars About Dante Fowler Jr.

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The New York Jets appear to be interested in trading for a pass rusher, and have reportedly called the Jacksonville Jaguars about fourth year DE Dante Fowler Jr.’s availability, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Fowler Jr. offers potential as a full-time EDGE, as he has accumulated 12 sacks (14, including postseason) as a rotational pass rusher over the past two years. The Jaguars selected Fowler Jr. with the third

However, Fowler Jr. has a history of drama. He was most recently suspended for a week for fighting in practice, and will miss Week 1 due to a suspension for a misdemeanor battery charge from 2017.

We wrote last week that the Jets would be a team that’d make most sense if Fowler Jr. was on the trade block, which you can read here.

We will update this story as details emerge.

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Jaguars Victorious Over Vikings Despite Penalties, Lack of Offense

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Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) reacts to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the first quarter against Jacksonville Jaguars at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Game recap

The Jacksonville Jaguars took their talents to Minnesota this week, facing the Vikings in their second preseason game after a week of joint practices.

Before the game, several Jaguars starters were ruled out including TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, CB Jalen Ramsey (suspension), FS Tashaun Gipson, LG Andrew Norwell, RT Jeremy Parnell, and DT Marcel Dareus. DE Taven Bryan, FS Cody Davis, DE Dante Fowler Jr. (suspension), LB Brooks Ellis, DE Dawuane Smoot, and DT Eli Ankou would also not play.

The game started off quickly as the Jags defense was able to get an instant three and out against Kirk Cousins’ Vikings. The defensive line has never looked better, and although Dareus was out, they still stood up strong against the Vikings offensive line creating penetration all game, sacks, and forced fumbles. At the end of it all Kirk Cousins ended his day going just 3 of 8 passing for 12 yards.

It is fair to say, however, both first team offenses struggled mightily during the game.

The Jaguars first two offensive drives went about as poor as they could have. Following a three and out, Blake Bortles threw his first interception of the preseason. He seemingly did not see Vikings’ safety Harrison Smith right in front of the receiver on the play. Nevertheless, the Jaguars offense was finally able to piece together a decent drive ending in a 1-yard touchdown by running back Leonard Fournette later on.

Blake Bortles and most of the Jaguars starting players would play the entire first half. Even still, besides the early touchdown by Fournette, the Jaguars could not get anything done. A lot of the Jaguars struggles were due to penalties. 10 penalties for 100 yards in the first half alone and a key holding call on a Dede Westbrook would-be 51-yard punt return was nullified. Blake and the Jaguars offense could not get much of anything going all day long and that would be the theme for the day, for both teams.

The play of the game came very late in the 4th quarter when wide receiver Rashad Greene took a punt 51-yards to the Vikings 4-yard line, setting up a game-winning touchdown by Brandon Wilds. After the Vikings got the ball back, the Jaguars backups needed a stop on defense to win the game. On the Vikings last drive of the game, the Jaguars defense got yet another stop, this time on 4th down to win the game.

Three plays of the game

  • DE Yannick Ngakoue does his best Key and Peele impersonation after his sack. He should know better than to do 3-pumps, but this was pretty funny.

  • After the Blake Bortles interception, Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson was able to force a fumble on the Vikings running back Latavius Murray. The Jaguars defensive line came to play.
  • Logan Cooke made one of the most beautiful punts I have seen a Jaguars punter make in years. From around the Jaguars 45-yard line, the rookie punter punted 56 yards to the Minnesota 5 and the Jaguars special teams unit only allowed a 7-yard return from there. The Jaguars finally have a “weapon” in their punter.

Player of the Game

The player of the day is by far Yannick Ngakoue. This man came into this season on a clear mission: To seek and destroy. Ngakoue started the game off strong with a sack, although nullified because of a celebration penalty afterward, the defensive end made his presence known from the very start. For much of the game, Ngakoue kept the pressure on and was consistently in the Vikings backfield. He was a part of jackson’s forced fumble after Bortles’ interception. If this game is any indication, Ngakoue could very well be an all-pro.

Final Whistle

For most of the game, the Jaguars just couldn’t get anything going on offense..  The biggest issue with the Jaguars today was their inability to overcome penalties. The team accounted for a total of 13 penalties 140 yards.

The bright spot for the Jaguars was easily their defense for both the starters and the backups. They held Kirk Cousins to only 12 yards on 8 passes, and the Vikings backups barely made any plays of note. The Jaguars offense, particularly the starters, will need to have a much better game next week as they head into their regular season warm up against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Jaguars vs Vikings: Game Preview and Information

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Dec 11, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (left) and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (right) pose for a photo after exchanging jerseys at EverBank Field. The Minnesota Vikings won 25-16. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings

Thursday, 8/17/18 @ 1pm EST, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

You can watch the game on CBS47/FOX30, NFL Network, as well as on the team’s live stream in select markets.

Preview:

The Jaguars and Vikings joint practice sessions have come to a close, the two teams will meet on the field to end the second week of preseason. The Jaguars and Vikings are similar teams in many ways, as both possess fearsome defensive units and solid running attacks. With that being said, here’s a few things to watch for in Saturday’s game:

Blake Bortles. Blake Bortles. Blake Bortles.

Bortles’ play and development will be a reoccurring story-line each week, but Saturday will bring his biggest test of the preseason. After an impressive training camp and first preseason game against the Saints, Bortles had a couple of rough outings during joint practice sessions, going 4/13 during 11 on 11 drills on day one.

The Vikings defense, while tough, is a blessing for the Jaguars offense and Blake. The match-up gives Bortles the chance to test a historically good passing defense, without any regular season record implications. He has the opportunity to take chances, learn from his mistakes, and compete against several All-Pro defensive backs such as Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes.

Cam Robinson will be put to the test against feisty Vikings edge rushers, mainly Danielle Hunter, who has recorded 19.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Vikings All-Pro DE Everson Griffen will most likely be inactive for Saturday’s game due to an infected leg wound.

Robinson’s play seems to be improving from 2017, which could, along with the addition of Andrew Norwell, elevate the Jaguars’ offensive line to being a top unit in the league.

The continuing battle for the nickel cornerback spot seems to be leaning in the favor of D.J. Hayden, after he intercepted Kirk Cousins in a joint practice session earlier in the week. With the absence of suspended CB Jalen Ramsey, Tyler Patmon should get the go-ahead at outside corner, giving Hayden plenty of snaps in the slot. He will be tasked with covering Adam Thielen, one of the better slot receivers in the league. A solid showing for Hayden would help cement his spot at nickel corner.

Sophomore RB Dalvin Cook may see his first action of 2018, pending on a decision by Vikings HC Mike Zimmer. The former Seminole had a promising start to his rookie year before going down with an ACL tear early in the 2017 season. Cook would be an interesting test for the Jaguars DL and LB corps, namely SAM LB Leon Jacobs, who shined in run defense against the Saints.

WR Rashad Greene’s job may be in jeopardy after muffing a punt against the Saints in week one. If Greene is still turnover-prone as a punt returner, he will have to find success as a receiver to make it past roster cuts. Look for Shane Wynn or Dede Westbrook to also see time as punt returners.

 

 

 

 

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