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Xavier Crawford CB Central Michigan 5’11” 187 lbs 4.48 40 37 ½” vertical

Team has shown an interest using one of their 30 private visits on him. Allowed under 40% completion rate this year (a shame the only good part about this team were its CBs). Improved 40 time to 4.40 at pro day and very fluid hips and agility. Crawford is a pest on the underneath routes but can be beaten deep especially against the bigger faster NFL WRs and for that reason I project him as a nickel in the NFL.


All Pro
Xavier Crawford is a baller. Think he can be a valuable nickel in this league. My 95th overall player. Good pick by the Texans.

— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) April 27, 2019

Xavier Crawford allowed just 0.53 yards per snap in coverage last season – and he's one of two Central Michigan cornerbacks in our top 15 CBs for the 2019 NFL Drafthttps://t.co/Zs8SD1VOgJ pic.twitter.com/ki6S1GwB8X

— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 18, 2019

That’s my guy. Played with him at OSU great pick and steal

— Treston Decoud (@_TD31) April 27, 2019

At the NFL scouting combine, Texans sixth-round corner Xavier Crawford ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds with a 37 1/2 inch vertical leap. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 to 4.40 seconds at his Pro Day.

— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 27, 2019

With the 195th pick, the @HoustonTexans add another potential steal in Central Michigan CB Xavier Crawford! As PFF's No. 110 prospect, Crawford was the 9th-best player available.

— PFF HOU Texans (@PFF_Texans) April 27, 2019

I am a little higher on the Texans new CB Xavier Crawford than others appear to be. I thought he was a solid 5th rounder and should offer good depth at CB as a long, press CBhttps://t.co/HbSe6lIOMS

— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) April 27, 2019


Passing Through
Hopefully he can cover TY
Crawford may be able to help with TY on occasion, but unless he's consistently faster than we've been led to believe, I hope he doesn't get isolated on Hilton very often. Of course, that's true of any of our CB's. We still need a true #1 shutdown CB but hopefully a good pass rush will limit Crawford's and the other CB's exposure.


Passing Through
Crawford might be able to help cover Hilton as part of a two man team. One guy underneath, and as Hilton races by, the other guy underneath, too.


Passing Through
Unless we can knock a guy like Hilton off his stride at the LOS, I doubt we have anyone fast enough to shut him down.


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Draft Analysts Take on Xavier Crawford

Matt Miller’s believes that Xavier Crawford (Read More Here) has great awareness and can press receivers from the top side. He also has very fluid hips, allowing him to remain in-phase. Crawford has excellent footwork at the line of scrimmage and is easily able to defend receivers immediately. Additionally, Crawford has great short bursts of speed that can significantly help on crossing routes (something that affects the Texans). However, his biggest weakness is his ailing back which caused him to miss the last seven game of 2017. With the Texans secondary always banged up, it is vital that backups like Crawford stay healthy and can back up the starters. However, his back problem will be a concern. Crawford also puts little to no effort as a run defender and his thin frame and short arms allows him to quickly get “bullied at the line of scrimmage by physical receivers with strength in their releases.” Often, Crawford struggles to track the ball in deep routes and misses playmaking opportunities. However, at both Oregon State and Central Michigan, Crawford was able to have several effective campaigns. He has “fundamental traits to be a solid backup,” but his lack of size and back injury should be concerns.

Lance Zierlein from NFL.com (Read More Here) labels Crawford as a long and thing press corner that is very agile, quick and has great balance. Crawford’s ability “to hound routes underneath” is valuable in the NFL. Also, Xavier Crawford is very athletic and has the “ability to stay connected to routes,” which is very beneficial in man-to-man coverage. His patience and smoothness as a cornerback are useful. However, the biggest concern is his size. Due to his small stature, Crawford will have to work on how he handles run support from the second level. Also, due to his short height, he is often unable to guard bigger receivers with consistency. Crawford has average speed, allowing him to get beaten on deep routes. Last but not least, his lingering back injuries are concerning.

According to Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network (Read More Here), Crawford has great man coverage skills with his quickness and smooth transitions. Crawford has a great ability to stick to routes and not abandon them. Xavier Crawford is very flexible and can accelerate quickly in short bursts, but has average speed. However, Crawford does not offer much run support as he is often “uncertain and slow to react.” Often, he locks up receivers but lacks the “aggressiveness to discard of the block [set by the recievers]. Crawford’s tackling skills need a plethora of improvement as he needs to gain more strength and hit with more power.

Additionally, Crawford’s back injury is a concern and needs to be taken under consideration by the Texans. His most significant strength is his foot speed, and his biggest weakness is his run support. Crabbs says that “ Crawford has desirable foot speed and … skills in off-man coverage”, but Crawford will have to hone on his run defense skills to contribute and be an impact player.


[As I posted in the Injury Thread, he is reported to have sustained a "back injury" in the past (as in the above profiles), when in fact it was a shoulder injury which required surgery.]


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Contributor's Club
2019 NFL Draft: Where Xavier Crawford Fits in The Texans’ Secondary
Among the huddled mass of unproven commodities (and one Johnathan Joseph) is where rookie corner Xavier Crawford will start his career in the NFL. The Texans2019 sixth round pick out of Central Michigan began his career at Oregon State, where he earned USA Today Freshman All-American honors. Now he moves from Central Michigan to the stage that is the NFL.

With so many new faces in the defensive back room and Houston’s entire depth chart up in the air, Crawford has as good a chance as anyone to instantly contribute in this secondary. The question is where he will be able to contribute the most. In college, Crawford played on the outside, usually covering mid-range routes in man coverage. He was the second best corner on the team as Sean Murphy-Bunting was a second round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Crawford demonstrated good play recognition, which can be attributed to the significant playing time he garnered in college. In his film he is quick off the beat with light footwork but is easily stacked up on deep routes. He is a press cover corner through-and-through, a skill set the Texans deeply lack. The Texans presumably like him for what he is—fluid and scrappy—a lot more than what he is not—sturdy and fast.