Maxx Crosby

Position: Edge

College: Eastern Michigan

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 255 lbs

SCOUTING GRADE

2018: Minor Tricep Injury (Held out of Bench Press at Combine)

Games Evaluated: 2018: Toledo, Purdue

Scout: Roy Countryman

Scouting Report

Athleticism: 7.28

Q.A.B. / C.O.D.: 7.70

 

Great athletic ability and a has a huge wingspan that he utilizes in his pass rush. Lateral agility, short area burst, and closing quickness is impressive for a taller, linear pass rusher.

 

Flexibility: 7.50

 

Very impressive ability to contort his tall frame with such ease. Is able to bend the edge and get under OT pads in a direct route to QB.

Explosiveness: 7.30

 

Has an explosive get off that allows him to put OT on skates if they dismiss his pass rushing ability. Has explosive hand usage that are constantly bombarding OL to keep himself clean for counter moves.

Playing Speed: 7.10

 

Very good playing speed that is enhanced by his closing quickness. When he sees a play to be made his flashes to finish.

Coordination: 6.80

 

Good coordination for such a tall, lanky pass rusher, but at times he will look like he is flailing due to him being mostly arms and a long torso. A little more bulk packed onto his build could help him gain more coordination.

Pass Rush Ability: 7.50

Initial Quickness: 7.50

 

Has a noticeable get off that allows him to put OT on skates if they dismiss his pass rushing ability. Consistently was one of the first pass rushers off the ball. Is an absolute mismatch on any TE that was asked to pass protect.

Use of Hands: 7.60

 

Aggressive and abusive hands fighter that will tire out OL throughout the duration of a play. Keeps chopping and chucking with OL until he can get himself in a position to get free to QB.

 

Leverage: 6.50

 

Inconsistent ability to utilize leverage in his rushing schemes. At times he will stay low and jolt OL backwards into QB's lap, then on others he will pop upright out of his stance which allows the OT to easily handle him.

Pass Rush Moves: 7.90

 

Has a vast amount of moves in his toolbox such as: Long Arm, Push/Pull, Swim, Swipe, Spin, Dip, Bull Rush, Hesitate/Swipe, Swim/Hump, Two-Handed Push/Pull. He is a student of his opponent and will adapt his pass rush accordingly to get an advantage.

Finish Ability: 8.00

 

Outstanding finisher. Is second in Eastern Michigan history with 41.0 TFL and 20 sacks.

 

Competitiveness: 7.80

Toughness: 7.60

 

Even with his disadvantage going against OT who have more strength than him and bulk, he was able to consistently get past them due to motor, hand usage, and burst. Was willing to scrap on a consistent basis and out work his opponent.

Consistency/Motor: 8.00

 

Scalding hot motor that is always revving, both as a run supporter or as a pass rusher looking to wreak havoc on the QB.

Production: 7.80

 

Excellent production at Eastern Michigan, finishing second in team history in TFL and Sacks. Also finished his last two seasons as a member of All-MAC first team.

Against The Run: 7.15

Play with Leverage: 6.50

 

Inconsistent ability to utilize leverage in his rushing schemes. At times he will stay low and jolt OL or TE back with his powerful burst and hand strength, but then would lose out due to a lack of bulk. He also has a tendency to pop upright out of his stance which allows the OT to easily handle him.

Stack and Shed: 7.30

 

Shows the tenacity and hand strength to engage then shed blockers to be able to make a play on ball carrier for TFL.

Gap Shooting Ability: 7.50

 

Does a very good job of timing up his burst and it allows him to get into the backfield with a high rate of success due to his closing quickness.

Run at Him: 7.20

 

Gives very good effort when play is called towards him, and will fight with his assignment to get free and make a play, but due to a lack of bulk OL can usually gain some push when faced up with him.

Run Away: 7.20

 

Great backside pursuer. Is disciplined in keeping contain on cut back lanes, but is also adept at flashing downhill and bringing down ball carrier from behind.

Tackling/Hitting: 7.20

 

Sure tackler who can corral ball carriers in with his length. If given the opportunity to lay a big shot he will and can separate ball from the carrier.

Intelligence: 7.73

Instincts: 7.70

 

Terrific feel for how OL are trying to block him, and has a sense for timing up his blitzes impeccably. Will adapt his pass rush plan within a drive and it is hard for OL to stick with how he is attacking them.

Learn/Retain: 7.80

 

Student of the game, especially in pass rushing techniques, but he basically played on the left side of the defense from a 4-3 DE position or from a wide 9 stance so he doesn't have a lot of experience in playing multiple positions or techniques along a defensive front.

Teamwork: 7.70

 

Great personality and teammate that is willing to put in the extra work in the film room or out on the practice field, and has a lead by example type personality.

STRENGTHS:

Crosby is tall, springy pass rusher who displays a pass rushing prowess few in this class can match due to his incredible length, hand strength, and motor. He understands how OT try to attack him and will adjust his moves to gain an advantage. Hands are like vice grips and he attacks OL ferociously throughout the duration of the play. Can stack and shed to be able to make a play as a face up run defender as well. His get off and timing is impeccable off the snap, and immediately gives OT pause as they try to compensate for his start. Has a hefty variety of pass rushing moves in his repertoire and can win with quickness, bend, or power. When he gets the opportunity to go against TE's in pass protection they simply cannot contain him.

WEAKNESSES: 

For as tall and lanky of build he has it is surprising how much strength he can use, but will need to bulk up especially in his lower body to be able to stand up to the rigors of going against NFL caliber OL. Is inconsistent with his leverage both as a pass rusher or run defender due to a bad tendency to pop upright out of his stance, which can be corrected with more NFL caliber coaching. Came from a smaller school and may take some time to adjust to higher competition. He also played only played left side of defensive line in a 4-3 DE or wide 9 alignment, but I believe his skill set would be intriguing to see utilized out of a 3-4 OLB mold.

BIG PICTURE: 

Maxx Crosby is an ascending prospect in the 2019 draft class, and it should come as no surprise due to his prowess as a pass rusher and his great athleticism. He may need some time to be molded as a pass rusher, but his upside is vast. I could see him rising up draft boards late even so high to be rewarded with a late first round pick.  

Projected Round: 2

Team Fits: Patriots, Rams, Steelers, Lions, Ravens, Falcons

NFL Comparison: T.J. Watt

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