Panthers interested in Crosby

The Carolina Panthers were one of the teams in attendance at former Clemson WR Roscoe Crosby's workout on Friday. Crosby, who is 6' 2" tall and weighs in at around 218 lbs, ran a 4.4 40-yard dash, and lifted 225 lbs. 18 times. Crosby then caught a few passes from former Tulane QB Shaun King, but ended the workout prematurely on his agent's advice after Crosby stopped to have trainers stretch out cramping in his legs.

Crosby, who has been away from football for nearly three years because of injury and personal problems, has entered his name for consideration in the NFL supplemental draft to be held on July 14th. In February 2001, Crosby was rated the #1 WR prospect in the country, according to several recruiting services. In his freshman campaign, Crosby caught 27 passes for 465 yards and four touchdowns, setting a Clemson record for first-year players in the process. After the season, Crosby moved on to baseball with the Kansas City Royals, the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2001 MLB draft. Crosby had chronic elbow ligament problems since high school and knew that surgery was inevitable. Crosby elected to undergo Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss the 2002 football season. In 2003, Crosby returned to the football field for the Tigers' first game against Georgia, but abruptly left the team for family reasons. In the span of two years, Crosby lost his brother in a drowning accident and three close friends died in a car accident as they traveled to Florida to see him play baseball. Crosby then moved back to Forest City, NC to take care of his Mother and Grandmother.

The Panthers have been long-rumored to be interested in Crosby. His size, speed and strength would be a welcomed addition to the Panthers receiving corps. Crosby's agent says that Roscoe is now "ready to take his place in the sports world".

Someone will take a chance on Crosby, and it could be the Panthers. Teams wishing to take Crosby in the supplemental draft will send an email to the league offices, stating which round they wish to take him in. The team with the highest bid wins Crosby's rights, but loses the equivalent pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Crosby figures to be a 6th or 7th round pick, but could go higher. If he is not drafted, he then becomes a free agent.

Will teams be willing to deal with his personal baggage to get a raw but potentially excellent wide receiver? We'll find out on July 14th.

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