So much for Boise State getting multiple players drafted on the second day of the NFL Draft. Tyrone Crawford was taken by the Dallas Cowboys with the No. 81 overall. Crawford was the second defensive player that the Cowboys who are looking to revamp their defensive unit.
Crawford is still a raw prospect who will need time to develop since he was JUCO player and was a part-time player as a junior before becoming a starter in his senior. The way Crawford improved at each level it will likely be only a matter of time Crawford moves up into a primary roll with the Cowboys.
However, initially Crawford will likely be used in passing downs early on and go from there, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Crawford is also a good run stopper, but he needs to beef up some to be able to handle the behemoth offensive lineman he will face in the NFL since those types of players were not around in the Mountain West.
Crawford's draft status from the experts were all over the board with some saying a third round selection and others saying a late round pick, but they all agreed that potential was a key with Crawford.
With the scheme that the Cowboys run Crawford's versatility should fit right in:
It's important to remember the scheme that the Cowboys employ on defense under Rob Ryan. He loves versatile linemen that he can move up and down the line and rotate through and while the success of this scheme last season was very inconsistent, Ryan also needs the right players to make this work. Crawford is a five-technique who will play best on the weakside but can also play inside when the Cowboys switch to the 4-2-5 scheme that Ryan loves so much. His ability to disrupt inside is invaluable.
Even as a late third round pick, Crawford should be able to contribute right away, it just depends how much.