Introducing Chris Crocker

A brief look at the Browns third round draft choice...

Speed. Versatility. Athletic Ability. Leadership.

These were the words that leapt from Head Coach Butch Davis when asked to explain the choice of relatively unknown defensive back Chris Crocker of Marshall in the third round of the NFL Draft.

Crocker wasn't expected to be picked as high as the third round by most analysts, but Davis clearly sees not only potential, but the ability to help the team immediately. "He was talented enough to play corner and when they needed him he had the versatility to go in there and play safety", Davis explained when Crocker was drafted, "when you're looking for guys to go 5, 6 or 7 defensive backs on the field, you can't have enough guys that have that kind of versatility.... There were some guys out there that were somewhat fascinating that had some up side to them but they were projects – this guy has a chance to help this football team in 2003."

Despite playing safety in college, the Browns will try the 5-11 back at a position they think he is better suited for: cornerback. Crocker originally went to Marshall to play the corner, after being a star quarterback in high school, but moved to safety when Marshall needed help at that position.

"I felt like I was a natural fit at corner, but I'll do whatever is needed and whatever is asked", Crocker said when he was drafted, "I think that helped me a lot more (moving from corner to safety) because I felt I was one of the more versatile players in the draft."

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