To be drafted out of Eastern Michigan -- one player each of the past two seasons landed in the NFL - there is but one path: domination.
Crosby did a lot of that for the Eagles, catching attention even when he was on the scout team as a redshirt in 2015. He registered 5.5 tackles for loss among his 35 stops as an oft-used reserve in 2016, then earned the MAC's Defensive Player of the Year award with 57 tackles, including 16.5 for loss, 11 sacks and forced fumbles in 2017.
Crosby wasn't sneaking up on anyone in 2018. He still posted 7.5 sacks and was even more productive overall, earning All-MAC honors with a career-high 70 tackles, 19 for loss and four forced fumbles.
Crosby is still just a pup physically, yet to grow into his lanky frame before some of the tricks he pulled in the MAC are going to work against NFL-caliber blockers. He wowed during combine workouts with raw explosiveness (third among all down defensive linemen with a 36-inch vertical) and change of direction and leading his position group in both the three-cone drill (6.89) and short shuttle (4.13).
The numbers workout quantify what scouts have seen for two or three years on the field -- Crosby's initial burst and lateral agility to elude made blocking him like trying to catch fog in baseball glove.
Teams that pass on Crosby will point to his hand usage and upper-body strength. If he is unable to slip by tackles, he usually sticks to them, spinning free only after runners have already generated positive yardage.
Projection: Fourth Round
--Field Level Media