Houston Texans Draft Analysis: Grades and Impact for every player

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Houston Texans CB Crawford
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Cornerback. 10. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Central Michigan. Xavier Crawford. 195

Grade: B-

Just as expected, the Houston Texans keep returning to their roster needs and filling those holes with players of value when their selection rolls around. Up to this point, they selected two offensive tackles and one cornerback. Adding Xavier Crawford continues to bolster a depleted secondary.

The Oregon State transfer, to Central Michigan, stands at 5’11” and weighs in at just below 190 lbs. He has smaller hands and arms which could limit him in coverage but his blazing speed, 4.48 at the Combine and 4.36 at his Pro Day, and his 37.5″ vertical help make up for it.

Those measurable are what you want to see from a late round guy. He has some traits and is an experienced player. He started for three years at Oregon State, his sophomore year cut short due to injury, before transferring to Central Michigan for his senior season.

He has a nose for the football and is terrific at breaking up passes in doing so. If he could convert some of those to interceptions he could be even better. He is long-legged and fluid which pairs well with his elite ability to identify and track routes.

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Impact: Special teams player and organizational depth

Crawford’s slight frame and previous back injury are a couple of frightening things that jump off of the page when you look at him but the other aspects of his game like his intelligence, quickness, and fluidity make him worth a sixth round pick.

Crawford has the things you want in a late round pick to potential develop into a solid piece at cornerback but with the pieces that currently reside in the Houston Texans secondary, he doesn’t have the clearest path to playing time on defense.

However, those same traits that make him an intriguing cornerback prospect will also play well on special teams. He’s fast and athletic and isn’t afraid to mix up and hit somebody as evidenced by a season that saw him record 70 tackles.