Cowboys Draft 2012: Defensive End Tyrone Crawford, A Review From Someone Who Watched His Games
by Brandon Worley on Apr 28, 2012 1:00 AM CDT in Dallas Cowboys 2012 Draft
Tyrone Crawford...just how much of a project is he?
The Dallas Cowboys addressed a position of need on Friday night, selecting DE Tyrone Crawford from Boise State in the third round. I can already sense that this is going to be another classic case of fans and the media being divided over this pick, especially with not many people even knowing who Crawford was until his name was called. As a college football fan who watched more Boise State games than I'd like to admit, this was one of the few picks that have actually made me pump my fist in celebration.
I understand why fans are a bit confused and upset with the pick, especially considering the nature and wording of some of a few of the scouting reports out there. Crawford was just a one-year starter and was a transfer from junior college before his junior season and played in a conference where he didn't face the best OTs that the NCAA has to offer. There's been some talk that he's a "project" and the concern is that he'll take more than a few years to start to actually produce on the field for the Cowboys. With the Cowboys needing productive players now, fans want someone who can have an impact sooner than later.
As someone who watched nearly all of Crawford's games last season and watched his performances at the scouting combine and East-West game, I can't help but be pleased and excited about what the potential of Crawford means for the Cowboys.