CROWDER, JAMISON | Duke | WR | SR | 05:08.4 | 173 | 4.53
Crowder is the classic case that big things come in small packages. The speedy receiver tied the school and Atlantic Coast Conference career-record with 283 receptions and ranks third in league annals with 3,641 aerial yards, the second-highest total by a Blue Devil. He turned 23 of those grabs into touchdowns and ranks second among active FBS players with four touchdowns via 65 punt returns for 869 yards (most by an active player). He’s gained 930 yards on 44 kickoff returns, as his 5,575 all-purpose yards rank third among players that competed in college in 2014, as that total is also third-best in ACC annals.
With Anthony Boone handling QB duties, Crowder soon became the passer’s favorite target, especially after the slot receiver returned as the only player among the BCS conference schools to have back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons (1,074 yards on 76 catches in 2012/1,360 on 108 grabs in 2013). He led the team with 85 more receptions, good for 1,004 yards and six touchdowns in 2014, scoring twice on 22 punt returns for 260 yards.
Crowder compensates for a lack of size and bulk with quick feet, excellent in-stride balance, loose hips to generate stop-&-go action that makes the initial tackler miss and the body control to make adjustments to haul in the off-target throws. He shows good flexibility on the move and has the timed speed and movement ability to take the ball long distances. He is a big-play artist with above average timed speed and playing quickness. He plays with awareness and shows the ability to make adjustments while trying to avoid the jam. He might lack ideal size, but has a nice hesitation move to fool the defender and that extra gear, to go along with good hand placement to defeat the press. He is not the type that can suddenly explode off the line, needing room to get to top speed (does it quickly though).
Crowder has the burst and change of direction skills to be effective as a short area receiver, but in order to do it consistently, he needs to do a better job of setting up his breaks. With minimal moves, fakes and inconsistent wiggle, he is the type that will need space to have success in this area. When he plays with the proper center of gravity and drops his weight well, he has the ability to snap in and out of his cuts. He has made marked improvement when trying to generate the good body control needed when working underneath and has the ability to settle into the area’s soft spots.
Crowder does a nice job of looking the ball in flight over either shoulder. He is a natural hands catcher with a long reach for a smaller receiver. He prefers to have the ball inside his window to make the short area catch, but will extend to pluck outside his frame on long patterns. He also shows good urgency and body control digging out the low throws.
Analysis: Jamison Crowder at NFL Combine
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