DROY: Maxx Crosby
The Oakland Raiders found themselves a diamond in the rough when they drafted Maxx Crosby out of Eastern Michigan with their fourth-round pick. Originally, Crosby was viewed as a rotational mid-round pick who could give the Raiders some additional pass rushing help in an area they desperately needed. It’s safe to say those expectations were largely surpassed when he took the starting job and ran with it.
The Raiders are just one season removed from their 13 sack year, meanwhile, Crosby delivered 10 sacks in his rookie season. Crosby gives the defensive line an aggressive burst, along with the ability to apply pressure on quarterbacks, which they critically missed the previous year.
Crosby finished his rookie campaign with a stat line of 46 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 4 passes defended, which are good for a possible defensive rookie of the year award in his near future.