On Saturday, Penn State saw it’s second player come off the board in the NFL Draft. Defensive end Jack Crawford was selected in the 5th round by the Oakland Raiders.
Jack’s story is fairly well known by most Penn State fans. Jack was in England during high school and moved to America to play basketball. When arriving, he took up football and fell in love with the sport. After just two years of experience in high school, Jack was recruited by Penn State to play football at the next level. He would go on to play every game as a true freshman and take extensive snaps throughout his career.
Jack has always had the physical ability and has always looked the part, but has never seemed able to take that next step and put it all together. At 6’5″ 275 pounds, Jack will be a bit of a project, but his athletic ability is unquestioned. Despite his 6.5 sacks last year, one has to wonder how much higher his ceiling is, fundamentally, after being coached for for four years by one of the top DL coaches (Larry Johnson) in the country. It’s quite possible that a new style of coaching might be what helps things “click” for him. At the very least, Oakland got a guy who can probably be a player that they slide into their defensive line rotation pretty soon.