Jamison Crowder, the undersized but highly productive All-ACC receiver from Duke, enters the 2015 NFL Draft as an exciting athlete who can contribute as both a receiver and return specialist in the Pros. He finished the 2014 season as a First Team All-ACC performer, totaling 85 receptions, 1044 yards and TDs. It was a bit of a down year when compared to 2013 when he totaled 108 receptions, 1,360 yards and 8 TDs. He was named Second Team All-American as a return specialist in 2013, as he had over 400 punt return yards and 2 TDs that year. For his career, Crowder has amassed 3,641 yards on 283 catches with 23 TDs. He’s added 4 career punt return TDs during his time as a Blue Devil. Physically, Crowder is a small guy who will be limited to the slot receiver role in the NFL. He’s short and relatively light, even with the somewhat muscular frame that he possesses. Athletically, Crowder is a quick-twitch guy with great short-area quickness and agility. He has loose hips and can stop and start on a dime, a skill set that he uses to shake defenders in the open field. Crowder has good top-end speed and can take the top off a defense despite his small frame. As a route runner, Crowder possesses really good feet and makes sharp cuts into and out of his breaks; it’s a real challenge for the defensive back to stay on his hip. When the ball is thrown his way, he does a nice job securing the catch and displayed the ability to make the tough catch in a crowd despite his diminutive stature. Crowder offers the added bonus as a return man and will be able to contribute to a special teams unit from Day 1.
BOTTOM LINE: Jamison Crowder is a highly talented athlete and a skilled receiver who can do just about everything well. He reminds me of Santanna Moss (Redskins), although I don’t think he will get drafted quite as high. Crowder doesn’t have the upside of a guy like Antonio Brown, but he could emerge as a pleasantly productive slot target after a few years of special teams contributions.
GRADE: 6.8 (4th Round)
-Submitted by Bryan Perez (@FirstRoundGrade)