Though the Detroit Lions got decent production from Jeremy Ross as a returner in 2013, last season was a mixed bag for the receiver and special teams man in a year where much more was expected. Ross struggled in both roles. As a result, it’s reasonable to think the Lions would like to take a look at replacements in the draft.
With four career punt returns for touchdowns, 3,641 receiving yards and 23 scores through the air, Crowder could be the type of impact player that Detroit chooses to fill those roles.
Notable Combine Measurements
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40-Yd Dash: 4.56 seconds
20-Yd Shuttle: 4.32 seconds
3-Cone Drill: 7.17 seconds
Vertical Jump: 37.0 inches
Broad Jump: 115.o inches
Bench Press: 10 reps
Traits and Projected Round
Crowder, though one of the smallest prospects in the entire draft, is a tough receiver with a great burst who’s positive skills and production jump off the tape. During the NFL Combine, he was particularly quick with excellent hands in the very telling gauntlet drill. He’s able to play the slot and outside positions, making him versatile. Questions about size will be the biggest knock considering Crowder isn’t a prototypical target for quarterbacks which will lead to matchup problems and drops. Still, Crowder is tough and a great leader. In a league where receivers like Julian Edelman are becoming en-vogue in offenses, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Crowder catch on and make a substantial impact.
Don’t expect Crowder to go in the first three rounds, but he will certainly have the skills to come off the board somewhere between rounds 4-5.
Why the Lions Could Draft Jamison Crowder
Detroit’s lacked a returner with any kind of moves or burst for years, and Crowder is one of the more prolific players in both of these categories. With the Lions, he wouldn’t be expected to carry much of a load offensively deep, but could help out in a slot receiver role. With plenty of larger down field targets on the team, Crowder could get lost in a sea of bigger bodies and contribute plenty of explosive plays on offense. With regard to special teams, he could be the dynamo Detroit has needed.
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