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Friday, April 27, 2012
Cowboys like Crawford pass rush, potential

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Finding a way to pressure the quarterback is a must for the Dallas Cowboys during the draft process, which is why they went with Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford in the third round.

In two years at Boise State, Crawford had 13.5 sacks. In two years at Bakersfield Junior College, he had 14 sacks.

Asked what about his best asset, Crawford said, “Get to the quarterback. I find a way to get to the quarterback if it’s power or good technique. I’ve been working on that also. I’m good at stopping the run.”

The Cowboys view Crawford as a pass rusher early with the ability to become an every down player in the future. Crawford weighs 280 pounds and coach Jason Garrett said he could see Crawford playing in the 290s as he grows into the position and league.

“The thing we like most is his potential but more than that his motor, the way he plays,” Garrett said. “He’s a high energy guy, very active … Just love his demeanor he plays with.”

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones went so far to mention Jay Ratliff’s name as a comparable player to Crawford’s motor. He also said Crawford was ranked as the top-rated player in the third round on the Cowboys’ draft board.

“We did some 3-4 stuff, so, no I don’t think it’ll be much difference,” Crawford said. “We mostly played out of a 4-3, but 3-4, I think I can get used to it and make an impact.”