Pre-Combine Grade: 77.5 (Eventual Starter, 2nd-3rd round pick)
Crawford is quick to get out of his stance off the snap and has the instincts to slant and hit a gap without being touched. He is consistently disrupting plays in the backfield and is a solid tackler. He is a strong player who shows an explosive arm jolt when keeping blockers at bay. Crawford shows good change of direction when stopping to pursue plays laterally. As a rusher, his motor is the key to his success. He never gives up on a play and can use a strong burst to get to the quarterback. He has a ton of upside, which undoubtedly increases his values to teams who are set at the position and willing to patient and work with him. Despite his size, he could even play special teams early on in his career because he has such a nasty demeanor.
Crawford is a raw prospect who only has one year of collegiate playing experience at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. He would be a project early on for the team that selects him, and he could have a tough time adapting right away. He has had trouble getting off double teams, which could be a technique issue, a likely possibility given his well-documented strength. Crawford will need extra coaching and attention to adjust to the NFL.
Tyrone Crawford is another other of the Boise State players that can go to the combine and really excell. Long and athletic, analyst say they like his versatility.
"(Crawford) is a hard working guy with a good motor. He understands how to create pressure and can do a lot of things," said NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks. "He one of my sleeper picks ... He can be an impressive player as a pro.
Crawford showed this in his on-field workouts. After going through the more tradition drills for a defensive lineman (WATCH: 1:07:45, 1:15:22, 1:25:40, 1:30:13 and 1:38:30 on CAM 1), he performed with a select few players identified as potential outside linebackers. While he played a bit higher than some of the other guys selected, Crawford was also one of the bigger guys in the group. Still, he did a good job, caught both passes throw at him (WATCH: 1:44:38 and 1:47:20 on CAM 1), the last of which he used his hands opposed catching it against his stomach.
To begin his workout, Crawford ran unofficial times of 4.84 and 4.81 in the 40, including an impressive 1.62 10-yard split that was the 5th fastest in Group 7, and currently ranks 10th amongst defensive lineman overall. While the 40-time is a more popular measure of speed, a lineman's "get off" is more accurately portrayed with a good 10-yard split time.
More to come. Crawford currently going through speed and agility drills...
Arm Length: 33 3/4"
Hands: 9 1/2"
Workout Day: Monday
40-Yard: 4.89 (t-17th out of 51) -- 4.84u and 4.81u (WATCH: 1st attempt - 0:26:21, 2nd attempt - 0:48:52 on CAM 1)
Bench Press: 28 (t-18th out of 44)
Vertical Jump: 33" (t-17th out of 52) -- (WATCH: 2:13:50 on CAM 1)
Broad Jump: 9'4" (t-14th out of 51) -- (WATCH: 2:28:36 on CAM 1)
3-Cone Drill: 7.09 (9th out of 48)
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.44 (t-22nd out of 50)
Official numbers courtesy of NFL.com.