Xavier Crawford

Central Michigan
CB

Prospect Info

College
Central Michigan
Hometown
Class
CA
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
187 lbs
29 1/8”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.42
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Houston
Texans
Round 6 ‧ Pick 23
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40 Yard Dash
4.48u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
11
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
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INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Crawford transferred to Central Michigan from Oregon State as a graduate student in the summer of 2018, following Cory Hall, who was the Beavers' interim head coach following Gary Anderson's unexpected mid-season departure. The Chippewas were happy to have him, especially after he garnered first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors as an 11-game starter, making 24 tackles (three for loss), intercepting one pass, and leading the team with 12 pass breakups. Crawford had a strong career at OSU before back problems sidelined him for the final seven games of the 2017 season. He had 17 tackles and two pass breakups in five starts that year. In 2016, he was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 and USA Today Freshman All-American selection after starting all 12 games, making 70 tackles, intercepting one pass and tying for the team lead with 10 pass breakups. Crawford actually grayshirted in 2015, signing with Oregon State in September 2014 and enrolling at the school in January 2015. He was the league MVP as a senior at Clayton Valley High School in California, also participating in track as a sprinter.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Greg Stroman
Overview
Long, thin press corner with the agility, foot quickness and balance to allow for stickier coverage. Crawford's average speed and slim frame could make him a target downfield. His ability to hound routes underneath is impressive, but he doesn't have the size or demeanor for frequent run support. Crawford's athleticism and ability to stay connected to routes gives him a shot as a backup cornerback either outside or from the slot.
Strengths
  • Patience from press
  • Can shadow release or pedal out
  • Waits out release declaration and opens on time
  • Smooth to turn and run
  • Route magnet with agile feet and swivel hips
  • Able to withstand sharp, complex routes
  • Usually in position to challenge the catch
  • Allowed under 40 percent completion rate this year
  • Sticky feet able to collect and squeeze the comebacks and shallow crossers
  • Shows pace in cover-3 bail to retain proper spacing near receiver
  • Not fast, but has a makeup gear
Weaknesses
  • Slightly built frame
  • Plays strength to challenge NFL size in question
  • Missed seven games in 2017 due to back injury while at Oregon St
  • Good ball skills short, but average when deep
  • Average long speed
  • Slow to turn head and find the football Can be stacked and shunned by big boys targets
  • Loss of coverage leverage can be exploited in pros
  • Sits back in run support and takes passive angles
  • Blocks tend to stick to him

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league