Tyrone Crawford 2013 Projection
At NBC, an attempt to project Tyrone Crawford in 2013:
When he’s on the field, I think Crawford can be a terror against the run. He registered 20 total tackles on 140 snaps against the run—a 14.3 percent tackle rate. However, Crawford could have trouble consistency generating a pass rush. He’s strong, but not particularly quick. We’ll really have to see more of Crawford to know for sure.
If Spencer would get injured and Crawford would step in as a starting end as soon as this season, he might be able to play the run just as effectively as Spencer. That’s high praise because Spencer has been one of the league’s premiere run defenders over the past few seasons.
However, Crawford would be a long-shot for more than a handful of sacks. He had a 3.1 percent pressure rate last year, albeit playing as a 3-4 defensive end. Even if his pressure rate increases to five percent and he plays the same number of pass-rush snaps as Spencer did in 2012, he’d still fall at only 16 pressures. Based on pressure-to-sack ratios, the most likely outcome for Crawford in a full season of play would thus be just four sacks.