Post Draft Scouting Report: Keion Crossen, DB

Is this small school Corner’s athletic ability enough to get him on the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, the Patriots got me on this one, but in all fairness, it didn’t sound like they knew who Crossen was until they saw him at the Wake Forest Pro Day just a few weeks before the draft. So, who is this kid and what did he show the Patriots that would make them so inclined to use a late round pick on him. I scoured the internet to find as much Western Carolina football tape as I could find and here is my take on Crossen on the limited viewing I had of him.

Like I said above, Crossen came onto the Patriots radar after his stellar workout at the Wake Forest Pro Day. Check out what he was able to do there:

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 178 Lbs

40 Yard Dash: 4.33 sec

Vertical: 39.5″

Broad Jump: 10’11”

Short Shuttle: 4.01 sec

3 cone: 6.67 sec.

Bench: 13 reps

Positives:

First off, those Pro Day results are eye popping. He is very explosive and it shows up on film. He has tremendous click and close ability. His change of direction skills show up as well, but it is his speed that really pops on tape. I saw him catch a WR who was on the opposite side of the field and had a 10 yard head start. I know it is against a lower level of competition, but the guy was still athletic enough to play college football. Crossen is a willing tackler despite his smaller size and he seems to play with some attitude, which I like. Crossen is smooth in his transitions and looks comfortable flipping his hips and running with Receivers. His change of direction skills are excellent and he shows the ability to mirror Receiver in the routes. He tracks the ball well and gets his hands on a lot of balls.

Negatives:

There are two obvious issues with Crossen and his game. One is competition level. While he has the athletic traits that are needed to play in the NFL, he just has not faced much competition throughout his career. He had a decent game against UNC, so that is encouraging. His learning curve will be steep though when trying to cover NFL Receivers week in and week out. The other big concern is size. Even at the level of competition he played at, he struggled in press man and trying to get physical with Receivers. There were times where he was late recognizing routes, but his athleticism made up for it. In the NFL, that will not work.

Overall:

Obviously, this is a traits based pick. Crossen brings athleticism that cannot be taught and the team is hoping they can develop the rest of his game. He is a long term project who might be able to develop into a contributor down the road. His lack of size will always be a concern, but he plays bigger than his size and ultimately might find a role as a slot corner or a dime sub package player. It will be interesting to see how Crossen looks this training camp and if he shows enough to make the practice squad.

7 Responses to “Post Draft Scouting Report: Keion Crossen, DB”

  1. kevinz says:

    I think if JC jackson stays out of trouble he will make team over Crossen anyway.

  2. td says:

    Maybe this kid can make the switch to WR, he’d be like Percy Harvin.

  3. GM-In-Training says:

    I’m pessimistic about the Keion Crossen pick.

    I think his measurable are misleading because;
    1) Pro day hand timing is less accurate than combine optical timing, and
    2) If you put the 15-22 pounds of weight on him he needs to be effective, he’d likely slow down to just ok numbers, and still be short.

    Now, if those numbers came from a guy 6′ tall and 200 pounds I would be pretty stoked, except by the bench press results.

    • Stephen J says:

      Not concerned about if its pro day vs combine more about if those numbers show on tape. In this case it does. Not only that but its well rounded meaning its not just straight line speed or just change of direction speed or explosive. He has it all which also shows on tape. He is a better version of Jonathan Jones from an athletic point of view except for the only thing that isn’t ideal is his 10 split which also shows on the field.

      Personally I like Keion Crossen better than Duke Dawson. Now I am not saying he is better than Duke right now but his ceiling is much higher than Dawson’s if he can make the leap/adjustment. Just give him time to adjust and add some strength. For right now he will be great on special teams and be good competition for Jonathan Jones for the slot.

      One thing that isn’t mentioned here is his arm length. He has long arms for his size. He measured at 32 1/8″ per ESPN insider, which is longer than Duke Dawson’s who has 31 1/2″ according to NFL.com while Jonathan Jones measured in at 30 1/4″ per http://nflcombineresults.com while Crossen, Jones and Dawson are listed at 5′ 10″ on the Patriots roster. If you use Draftscout both Jones and Crossen are 5’9 1/8″. Then when you combine Crossen’s athletics where his vertical is 39 1/2″ as compared to Jones 36″ that is a 5″ difference(when using height, arm length and vertical).

      Now that gives him an an athletic/physical advantage but like Dante Scarnecchia has said about long arm’s for the OT position what good is long arms if you don’t use them properly. Can Crossen use his athletic/physical advantage properly, time will tell but the Pats seem to think so.

    • GM-In-Training says:

      Acromegaly, the pituitary disease that usually is responsible for kids that tall that young, has some bad side effects that usually prevent a professional sports career…certainly outside of basketball. Also, that weight is really unhealthy. It can’t be mostly muscle at that age. Kinda’ sad.

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