Oregon’s Tyrell Crosby is a 2018 NFL Draft offensive line prospect may face a position change in the NFL.
Tyrell Crosby has spent most of his college career playing left tackle. At this position he uses his long arms and raw strength to get the job done. His success at left tackle while at Oregon doesn’t necessary translate to the next level.
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Oregon’s offense is a quick hitting spread attack that doesn’t ask its offensive tackles to protect for long stretches. This means that Crosby wasn’t really tested off the edge and his weaknesses were masked.
Crosby isn’t a great athlete and struggles to quickly move his feet. He also lacks ideal bend which impacts his overall balance. These shortcomings will be exposed in the NFL and make him a liability when working in space.
However, he has the skill set needed to shift inside to guard. Crosby is a physical player who fights for inside hand placement and looks to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage. He does a great job firing off the ball, rolling his hips and delivering a strong punch.
His raw strength and nasty streak help make him an above average run blocker. While he will likely struggle protecting the quarterback in space, Crosby will be a strong pass protector at the guard position.
There will be some question marks surrounding Crosby’s health when the Combine approaches. He missed most of last year with a foot injury which is something that will be looked during the Medical checkups.
Overall, Crosby has the look of a starting guard in the NFL. His combination of size, arm length and power should give him the ability to be an effective run blocker.