In his first draft day trade as a general manager Reggie McKenzie swapped picks with the Detroit Lions to move back in round five while also gaining a 7th round pick. With Detroit’s 5th round pick in hand, 158th overall, Oakland grabbed Penn State defensive end Jack Crawford.
Crawford is an intriguing prospect as he’s only been playing football for a few years now…at least American football. The 6’5” D-lineman is from England where he likely picked up the world’s game of football first (we call it soccer).
Despite his minimal experience Crawford is a talent that kept improving during his time in Happy Valley. In Penn State’s final three regular season games of 2011 Crawford racked up 4 sacks. Still, he’s not known as a pass rusher and is only average against the run.
So the real question is what type of player will Crawford be in the NFL?
He’s not a great athlete but plays with a very high motor. Crawford’ raw ability has got to be the reason why the Raiders took him. This is one of those calculated gambles that make the NFL draft what it is. Crawford has ideal size and it would appear he has the hunger to play pro ball. Those two traits alone are enough to get a gig now the Raiders have got to work with Crawford to define his role.