2017 NFL Draft

Jack Crawford, DE

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Longport, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 274 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Raiders' picks: 5/158 - Jack Crawford, DE, 6-5, 274 Penn State...The London-born Crawford was late to football but showed promise with 6.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss, batting down six passes. COULD SURPRISE: Defensive end Jack Crawford: Although he disappeared at times at Penn State, Crawford could become an asset in nickel situations with his long arms and ability to deflect and bat down passes, as well as on extra points and field goals. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Defensive end Jack Crawford worked out not with a former defensive lineman, but a former offensive lineman when it came time to get in shape. Former NFL lineman Tra Thomas served as Crawford's conditioning and technique mentor. "He is just so insightful and has so much experience," Crawford said. "It was a good thing to see things from an offensive tackle's perspective. It helped me out so much. He told me things I didn't know. The small things that you don't recognize in a game. Helped me mentally a lot." - The Sports Xchange

03/31/2012 - Aspiring NFL defensive end Jack Crawford wanted to clear his name Friday. The St. Augustine Prep graduate and Longport resident emailed a statement from his sports agents to The Press in which he insisted the marijuana and drug paraphernalia found in a Penn State University apartment in his name earlier this month did not belong to him. "To ensure accuracy and truthfulness, it is important to explain to the public the facts surrounding the names associated with this event," Baltimore-based Eastern Athletic Services said in the statement. "From December, 2011 forward, Mr. Crawford did not reside at the apartment in question at any time." The statement reiterated the sequence of events Crawford told The Press earlier this year when he was living in Mount Laurel and training in Medford for the Senior Bowl. Crawford left the Penn State campus when the Nittany Lions played in the Ticket City Bowl in Dallas on Jan. 2. After the game, he moved to Mount Laurel and trained with former Philadelphia Eagles tackle Tra Thomas. Following the Senior Bowl on Jan. 28, he moved to Florida to prepare for the NFL combine last month, then returned to work out with Thomas to get ready for his Pro Day on March 14. Crawford did not stay in that apartment that day, which was the same day Penn State police searched it and found blunts, a bottle of malt liquor, a bottle of prescription medication and other items. The apartment was listed as belonging to Crawford and current Penn State wide receiver Devon Smith. "During my brief time up at Penn State for the Pro Day, I stayed at my agent's (St. Joseph of Hammonton and Penn State graduate Rich Rosa) house at an off-campus location," Crawford said in a text message Friday. "I haven't stayed at my old apartment since 2011." No charges were filed against either player. Crawford declined further comment. - David Weinberg, Press of Atlantic City

03/27/2012 - On the same day in which defensive end Jack Crawford worked out for scouts at Penn State's Pro Day, the apartment he shared with current Nittany Lion wide receiver Devon Smith was searched by campus police and found to contain marijuana. According to a report from StateCollege.com's Laura Nichols, the apartment was searched by police at approximately 4 pm on March 14 after a Resident Life coordinator reported that a window screen outside of the apartment was damaged. Police entered the apartment when no one answered the door based on their suspicion that a robbery might be occurring in the second story apartment. Once inside, the drug paraphernalia was in plain sight, which prompted police to obtain a search warrant. Upon closer inspection, police discovered blunts, a grinder which still contained marijuana, marijuana buds, and a scale, among other items. No charges have been filed against Crawford or Smith, a two-year starter expected to keep his position next year. Following Monday's first practice of the spring, new Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien said that he learned of the incident earlier in the day."I'm still gathering information. We'll have something at a later date," O'Brien said. In four years with the Nittany Lions, Crawford collected 89 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 11 pass break-ups, 11 pass deflections, forced one fumble and recovered three fumbles. He participated in the Senior Bowl and is viewed as a prospect whose best football may lie ahead of him due to the fact that he's only been playing the game since his junior season of high school. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/02/2012 - RB Brandon Beachum will miss the bowl game after breaking his left ankle in Penn State's regular-season finale at Wisconsin. Beachum was the team's fourth-leading rusher this season. DE Jack Crawford has battled a minor knee injury in the latter half of the season but is expected to be healthy for the bowl game. FB Joe Suhey has missed several games this season while battling a stinger injury in his shoulder but is anticipated to be available for the bowl game. - The Sports Xchange

12/28/2011 - Senior defensive end Jack Crawford said he has been invited to the Jan. 28 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Other invitees include a pair of fifth-year seniors - defensive tackle Devon Still and left guard Johnnie Troutman - and senior cornerback D'Anton Lynn. - Ron Musselman, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette

09/29/2011 - Penn State's defensive linemen watched their diet during the spring and summer and ran like crazy during conditioning drills. It was all for the fourth quarter - both of the games and of the season. Nittany Lion defensive line coach Larry Johnson typically likes to rotate up to eight or nine defensive linemen at will throughout games. But through Penn State's first four games of the season, Johnson has played mostly three defensive ends - Jack Crawford, Sean Stanley and Eric Latimore - while veterans Jordan Hill and Devon Still have seen the vast majority of the reps at defensive tackle. The linemen are fine with it, not only because they get more playing time but because they believe it will prepare them for Penn State's brutal November schedule, which includes road dates at Ohio State and Wisconsin following a home game with Nebraska. "I know that Coach Johnson loves to rotate and he does like to give us rest," Crawford said. "But he knows that this is it for a lot of us, this is our senior year, this is all we have left. "I think he's just trying to get us ready for the big games when it's close and we have to play through them and play a lot of plays." Johnson might not have many opportunities to rotate his linemen this week. The Nittany Lions (3-1) open their Big Ten season against Indiana, which loves to run an up-tempo, no-huddle offense that makes defensive substitutions difficult. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - WEEK 2 FIVE ON THE SPOT: 2. Penn State DE Jack Crawford...A breakout season was expected for native of London, England in 2010, but a foot injury prevented it from materializing (seven starts, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks). Now healthy, the tall, long rush end is looking to make good on his promise -- starting with a huge game against the visiting Alabama Crimson Tide. Crawford needs to show scouts he can hold the edge with leverage and disengage from All-SEC guard-turned-left tackle Barrett Jones to contain run plays coming to his side of the line. And when A.J. McCarron is allowed to drop back to pass in Nick Saban's offense, Crawford looks to prove he is quick and flexible enough to turn the corner as a pass rusher to close on the quarterback. - Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com

09/02/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Jack Crawford - The senior defensive end is healthy again after offseason foot surgery and will look to lead a defensive line to more production than it managed last season. Crawford has the most potential of a solid group of ends but needs to improve his consistency. - The Sports Xchange

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: Jack Crawford, Penn State, has been named one of 35 players selected to the Ted Hendricks Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, honoring the nation's top defensive end. - The Ted Hendricks Award


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