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With the final pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Georgia linebacker Tae Crowder, making him 2020’s Mr. Irrelevant.
Crowder finished his college career as one of the cogs on a strong Georgia defense. In 2019, Crowder finished with 66 total tackles (4.0 tackles for loss) and four quarterback hits. Crowder finishes his Georgia career with 122 total tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Crowder has plenty of size to be an NFL linebacker. Though he may need to cut his weight a bit, Crowder already has enough length to make an impact at the NFL level. Given his background as a running back, Crowder is willing to open up and run laterally towards the sideline when necessary. Overall, his game is played like a running back, seeing the gaps and attacking them when they open up.
Crowder though is still a developmental option. With only 19 starts under his belt, he isn’t ready to make the immediate impact and will need to figure out the factors that make him a true linebacker. However, with that training, his size makes him a potential NFL linebacker.
Crowder plays like someone who has always been the best athlete on the field. However, he was only a slightly above-average athlete at linebacker in the SEC. He has NFL size and the needed speed for linebacker, but his lack of concrete fundamentals will be exploited. –Matt Miller, BleacherReport
Crowder will need more time to develop before he’s making plays at the NFL. Although he has plenty of athleticism, Crowder will need to learn how to blend the athleticism with things that make linebackers great. His innate ability as a linebacker and his strong talent makes him someone who can stick, even if it’s just as a niche player or a special teams ace.