STRENGTHS: Muscular build with adequate height and length…track background with above average deep speed…flashes the secondary burst to recover after a receiver gains a step vertically…plays the receiver well downfield, watching his eyes to time his reaction…led the team in passes defended each of the last three seasons (39 career passes defended)…physical mind-set and looks to disrupt route timing…physical wrap tackler and consistently finishes vs. the run…steady break down skills in the open field…shifty moves to avoid blockers in pursuit…three-year starter with reliable character and a team-focused mindset, which will endear him to NFL coaches.
WEAKNESSES: Struggles getting his head turned downfield…spacing issues at the top of routes were a constant issue on tape…lacks twitch in his start/stop or redirect movements…late to read, react and drive, conceding underneath completions…inconsistent eye discipline, tracking the quarterback or the receiver from off-coverage, but not both…inconsistent jam technique, creating an awkward transition…needs to better use his length to stack, shed and find the ballcarrier on screens…inconsistent timing as a blitzer…stayed healthy in college, but missed his senior season in high school after an on-field injury, tearing his large and small intestines and spending 48 hours in the intensive care unit following surgery…lacks ideal experience against top competition with only two career starts vs. FBS-level teams (Iowa in 2015, Northwestern in 2016).
SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Illinois State, Harris lined up as the boundary cornerback in the Redbirds’ defense, playing both press and off-man coverages – if drafted, he would be the first defensive back from Illinois State to be drafted since 1985. Harris not only led the team in passes defended the last three seasons, but was also among the team-leaders in tackles, displaying the physical appetite and play strength to be reliable vs. the run. Although he has track-like speed, he lacks ideal lower body fluidity or change of direction skills, stalling his transition and creating separation at the top of routes. Overall, Harris checks NFL boxes with his speed, toughness and football character, but his reactionary play style won’t be a fit for every scheme, projecting best for a zone-heavy team.
STRENGTHS: Speed is instant, not build-up…covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time…click-and-close burst to drive on plays…smart pursuit angles and controls his gears well to stay composed upon arrival…plays a physical brand of football, delivering pop as a tackler…strong hands to finish when he wraps…tall, durable frame…aggressive at the top of routes to disrupt pass-catchers…floats under zones with the ball skills to make plays on the ball when in position (joined Stanford’s Justin Reid as the only players to intercept both USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen in 2017)…senior captain and tempo-setter – loves to challenge receivers and NFL coaches will love his competitive spirit…versatile starting experience, spending time at cornerback, safety, nickel and linebacker – started all 25 games the past two seasons.
WEAKNESSES: Inconsistent strike zone as a tackler…needs to calm his feet when breaking down in motion to secure stops…flat-footed stance and high center of gravity in coverage, leading to an unbalanced transition…hands-on defender and panics easily downfield, attracting laundry from officials…uncomfortable with his back to the ball, hurting his man-coverage skills…route recognition and diagnose skills in coverage are undeveloped…smaller hands and only average length for his frame…position “fit” might be an issue for certain schemes.
SUMMARY: A two-year starter at Arizona, Cruikshank had an up-and-down junior season as the starting boundary cornerback in 2016 before transitioning to the Wildcats’ starting SPUR position (hybrid safety role) as a senior where he showed off his athleticism in space. He appeared most comfortable as an overhang defender, blitzing, covering the run and covering tight ends or slot receivers. Cruikshank quickly finds his top speed and is rarely out-flanked in pursuit, looking to tune up his target upon arrival. He shows quick reaction skills to close, but lacks the anticipation or discipline to be a playmaker in coverage. Overall, Cruikshank has the athleticism that lights up the stopwatch and his versatility and competitive nature translate to the NFL where he can push for playing time at strong safety.
An absolute mountain of a man who appears even larger than his listed 6-5, 320 pounds. Crosby sports broad shoulders and a very thick, well-distributed build which makes him difficult to get around. He shows impressive initial quickness and balance for a man of his size, easing out of his stance in pass protection and waiting for defenders to come to him, including speed rushers. Whatever slight disadvantage Crosby has in foot speed, he makes up for with power and aggression, intimidating opponents with his upper body strength and length, resulting in multiple pancakes and simple launching of defenders into the air... Crosby possesses anvils for hands, pummeling defenders with his punch and often rendering them useless almost immediately with his strength to latch, control and sustain. At times he makes movement at the line of scrimmage look easy, driving defenders yards off the ball to create wide rushing lanes. He is also surprisingly agile when asked to pull or climb to the second level, showing not only light feet but good anticipation of where defenders are headed. The broken foot which ended his 2016 season is the only known injury in Crosby's past, dating back through high school... -- Rob Rang 12/27/2017
Crosby's pass blocking proficiency (zero sacks or QB hits allowed in 2017) was likely aided by Oregon's athletic quarterbacks, who defenses often opted to pen in the pocket rather than aggressively pursue... Can get fundamentally lazy, on occasion, leaning into opponents and failing to keep his feet moving on contact, extending his arms and grabbing cloth... Too often caught leaning outside, leaving the B gap (next to the guard) vulnerable. Missed most of the 2016 season after breaking a bone in his left foot against Nebraska in Week Three - an injury that warrants a close look at the Combine. - Rob Rang 12/27/2017
COMPARES TO: Donovan Smith, Buccaneers - Crosby is smaller (on paper, at least) than the 6-6, 338 pound Smith but each possess surprising mobility for their round-ish frames along with the strength and aggressive nature necessary to be standouts in the running game. Smith was among the Penn State offensive linemen blamed for Christian Hackenberg's regression but after a stellar week at the Senior Bowl, he earned the No. 34 overall pick of the 2015 draft and has been solid at left tackle for the Bucs.
IN OUR VIEW: Crosby may not be well known outside of the Pac-12 but offensive line enthusiasts will appreciate his intimidating girth and power in the running game, where he often simply rag-dolled opponents. Given his success on the left tackle, Crosby deserves an opportunity to remain on the blindside, though his bulk and physicality suggest that a move back to right tackle or even inside at guard could be in the forecast.
Looks the part with NFL height and length. Versatile experience at linebacker, cornerback and safety. Bounce in his feet to mirror receivers off the line. Long-strider and picks up speed as he goes. Basic understanding of body position to pin receivers to the sideline. Physical jam, using his long arms to disrupt the rhythm of route at its infancy. High school wide receiver and plays strong to the ball. Eager run defender and enjoys the dirty work (191 total tackles). Lowers his pads and explodes at contact to finish ballcarriers. Unselfishly moved positions throughout his college career, proving to be a quick study. Durable in college and also played on special teams coverages. – Dane Brugler 2/20/2018
Oversets and needs to calm his feet in press. Upright pedal with rigid redirection skills in small spaces. Clunky footwork and body technique to fluidly transition at the top of routes. Spacing issues on non-vertical routes, grabbing a fistful of cloth to compensate. Wild limbs and needs to be more understated with his downfield contact. Only one year of experience at cornerback and there will be lumps while he learns. Overaggressive run filler and needs to better find his balance to break down in space. Needs to better power through blocks. Position confusion and will be viewed differently by various schemes. Most of his experience came vs. FCS-level competition. – Dane Brugler 2/20/2018
IN OUR VIEW
The NFL wants bump-and-run cornerbacks and Neal has those ingredients with his length, toughness and athleticism, also projecting at strong safety. However, he has a high center of gravity and stiff lower body, hindering his transition and allowing separation in route breaks. His NFL future will greatly depend on scheme, but he produced college tape that showed raw skill at both outside cornerback and box safety.
Possesses a prototypical build for a center with a naturally low center of gravity due to short legs and a big bubble with a thick, well distributed musculature. Effective anchor due to his frame, core flexibility and quality knee bend, surrendering some ground but holding up well against even powerful nose guards (Washington-2017). Good snap to step quickness, firing accurate shotgun snaps and delivering a solid initial punch to defenders. Plays on the balls of his feet, showing good overall athleticism, including quickness and balance to slide laterally to mirror in pass protection. Shows agility as a trap blocker and when asked to block on the move, quickly climbing to the second level and when adjusting to secondary targets. Experience shows with his recognition of blitzes and ability to land a pop on multiple defenders on the same play, passing off defenders with teammates and adjusting on the fly. Offers position flexibility with 18 career starts at guard. Largely durable performer with 44 career starts, including the final 25 consecutively at center after missing the 2015 season. Two-time team captain. Nominated for the Senior CLASS Award, a national honor given to the player who stars in the community and classroom with character and competition. -- Rob Rang 1/14/2018
There is some passivity to Quessenberry's play. He absorbs while anchoring bull rushers and is more of a wall-off than dominating run blocker, relying on his quickness, leverage and hand placement to get the job done. Lacks elite height for the position and makes himself shorter by occasionally ducking his head on contact, leaving him vulnerable to swim moves. Lacks a dominant punch, failing to knock defenders down, even when assisting on double-teams. Missed the entire 2015 season following surgeries on both shoulders and wore a visible brace early in 2016. - Rob Rang 1/14/2018
COMPARES TO: Brian Schwenke, Titans - The 6-3, 315 pound Schwenke was a standout in the Pac-12 (Cal), as well, before the Titans nabbed him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. His quickness and tenacity have earned him starts at center and guard since then, a reflection of his positional versatility and smarts.
IN OUR VIEW: Do not let the fact that Quessenberry dropped from First Team All-Pac-12 honors as a junior to Honorable Mention accolades as a senior convince you that he played poorly in 2017. Quessenberry may not be a physically dominating player but his build, agility and technique are each NFL-caliber, warranting a Day Three selection and the expectation that he will compete for playing time early in his pro career.