Each day leading up to the 2018 NFL draft, I’ll break down one of my top 50 prospects. In some cases, we had to make tough omissions because of injuries, poor pre-draft workouts or incomplete information. For more complete scouting reports on all the prospects, check out the Pro Football Weekly 2018 Draft Guide, which is available for order now.
35. Oregon OT Tyrell Crosby
6-foot-5, 309 pounds
Key stats: Allowed only three QB hurries in 2017, according to Pro Football Focus — tied for the lowest pressure rate allowed by any offensive tackle at the Senior Bowl.
The skinny: Las Vegas-area prep prospect had offers from all over the country but committed to the Ducks and was thrown into the fire early on. Crosby started nine games (including the final six) at either left or right tackle as a true freshman in 2014 when injuries forced him into the lineup, but he won the team’s “Pancake Award” for the most blocks by an offensive lineman knocking defenders to the ground while protecting Marcus Mariota.
Crosby started all but one of the team’s 15 games in 2015 (played in the majority of the one he didn’t start vs. Arizona State) but had most of his 2016 season wiped out with injury. He played only two games as a junior, hampered by a foot injury for most of that season. Turned in strong final campaign by starting all 13 games, earning first-team all-Pac-12 mention and winning the Ed Moshofsky Award (team’s offensive line MVP as voted by teammates).
Crosby wore No. 58 in the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State to honor the victims of the mass shooting in that city in October. He was invited to the Senior Bowl, where he was one of the standouts at the event, and performed fairly well at the NFL scouting combine.
Upside: Excellent dimensions — great wingspan and hand size and a frame that could support more weight, if needed. Pile mover who keeps his legs churning on contact. Nice anchor and solid base. Works nicely to the second level and seeks out people to block. Rarely gets whipped — typically does the job he’s asked and was consistently graded well by Oregon coaches when he was healthy. Played left and right tackle at the Senior Bowl and seems to have a solid understanding of pass protection. Flashed an occasional mean streak.
Well-conditioned athlete for his size. Used to playing high snap counts in Oregon’s fast-paced offense — regularly went over 90 snaps in a game and occasionally over 100. Good explosive-movement testing numbers at combine. Also ran pretty well in Indy and had a nice positional workout, according to observers. You can’t coach Crosby’s combination of size and power.
Good trap and pull blocker who scoots to his spot with ease. Watch as Crosby (wearing No. 73) gets out into space, puts highly athletic Arizona safety Dane Cruikshank on skates and leads the way for a touchdown run:
Downside: Health concerns must be addressed — had a foot injury in 2016 that lingered into last year and was in the concussion protocol late last season. Footwork requires refinement. Almost primarily worked out of two-point stances. Might need some help early on with tight ends and backs chipping in passing game and slide protection in run game. Not a finished product. Still learning the nuances of hand positioning and leverage.
Low bench-press number (17 reps) at combine worth noting, even with very long arms. Still could stand to add bulk. Short-area testing numbers were fairly disappointing in Indy. Didn’t fare as well in the mirror drills there as he did in other work.
Doesn’t always take the best angles and get his body squared up. Middling short-area quickness testing numbers will show up in quick-fire run plays. Here Crosby (wearing No. 58) doesn’t explode off the snap and can’t reach the outside shoulder of Boise State’s standout linebacker, Leighton Vander Esch, on a 3rd-and-1 run that was stuffed by Crobsy’s man:
Best-suited destination: Crosby’s skill set and athletic traits suggest he has a chance to fit into most blocking schemes, but we think he’d have a bit easier time working with more shotgun-heavy, zone-blocking systems. Among the teams that could be interested in his services include the Chicago Bears (Crosby played for new Bears offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich at Oregon), Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Washington and others.
Quotable: “I thought our best tackle [at the Senior Bowl] was Tyrell Crosby. I thought he was really solid. I think he’s got a nice upside.” — Senior Bowl director (and former NFL GM) Phil Savage
Player comp: Shon Coleman
Expected draft range: Second round
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47. Ohio State C Billy Price
46. Alabama S Ronnie Harrison
45. Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph
44. Texas A&M S Armani Watts
43. South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst
42. UCF CB Mike Hughes
41. USC RB Ronald Jones II
40. Maryland WR D.J. Moore
39. UTEP OG Will Hernandez
38. Stanford DT Harrison Phillips
37. Ohio State DE Sam Hubbard
36. Stanford S Justin Reid