Crowell should improve STs, LB depth

The Bills traded down in the third round and picked up still another linebacker, one who is likely to be able to help them in 2003 in special teams and reserve linebacking roles.

He's Angelo Crowell, a 6'0", 236-pounder who played inside ‘backer at Virginia but is projected as capable of playing either inside or outside as a pro.

Crowell said he has some advantages over other players coming fresh out of college, for two reasons. His brother, Germane Crowell has preceded him to the NFL, and Virginia's head coach the last two seasons has been former Jets head coach Al Groh.

"He has given me the scoop on the details of what he had to go through," Angelo said of his older brother. "So I think I'll know what to expect when I'm going to camp.

"I definitely feel like coming from Coach (George) Welsh to Coach Groh, I learned a lot more football. He ran an NFL system and treated us like men. It was a little different atmosphere, and I learned a lot."

As a senior for the Cavaliers, Crowell was an every-down linebacker who also played on the punt return and punt teams.

Said Doug Majeski, the Bills' coordinator of college scouting, "He's tough and competitive, with a really good motor. He's a good, solid football player who really works at it.

"The thing I like about him is his production. He makes a lot of plays and flies around. He didn't blitz, but he did stay in on nickel situations, and did a good job in pass coverage."


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