Jamison Crowder, WR/PR/KR, Duke – 2015

All-Star Games: Senior Bowl.

Positives: Gives consistently very good effort in all parts of the game. He runs with above-average game speed, and very good burst and acceleration. Good quickness and acceleration to get off the line and down the field quickly to get off press coverage. Very good quickness out of his breaks. Runs generally above-average routes and is quick out of his breaks. Very sudden movement – doesn’t seem to telegraph when he is going to make a move. Tracks very well over his inside shoulder. Very good hands and can extend well. He is also very slippery after the catch, and has excellent lateral quickness and has a lot of open-field elusiveness – both as a receiver and a punt returner. And even though he has the excellent lateral quickness, he doesn’t rely on it solely after the catch – instead he heads upfield very quickly after the catch. Good effort after contact. Effective downfield blocker who is willing to sacrifice his body. Despite his lack of size, he is a willing receiver over the middle of the field, and will go after the ball in the air.

Negatives: Short and slight for the position, with below-average hand size. This, coupled with his willingness to be physical, may spell injury trouble in the pros. He needs to take advantage of his quickness more as a route runner and get more separation on his comeback routes. Sometimes gets himself into bad position to field punts.

Projection: Round 4. To me, he shares a lot of attributes with the heavily underutilized St. Louis Ram Tavon Austin – both in size and skill set. And, in most other drafts, he would probably go in the second round. But, since this draft is so heavy with wide receivers, Crowder will get crowded out. But he is a touchdown waiting to happen with the attitude and effort of a larger receiver. In the right system, I expect him to be an excellent receiver.

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