Chat with NFL prospect Tim Crowder
Crowder just finished his senior season at Texas and is considered one of the top defensive ends in the NFL draft. In 2006, the 6-4, 270-pound Crowder recorded 59 total tackles, including a team-high 19 tackles for loss. He also posted a team-high 10.5 sacks, while breaking up three passes.
So, send your questions now and join Tim in chat Friday at 1 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:00 PM)
Tim should be here shortly so send in your questions!
Is the big guy from texas in the house yet?
Buzzmaster (1:03 PM)
He should be here any minute now Wes.
Been a rough hour or so here for the Nation.
Buzzmaster (1:14 PM)
I know Brian, and for that I apologize.
Buzzmaster (1:17 PM)
We got Tim here!
Tim Crowder (1:18 PM)
Ask what you want to ask, let's go!
Some have said that you lack top DE speed, would you ever consider shedding some weight to try and get quicker, maybe not right away but in a year or two...It seems like a lot of great D ends in the NFL are a lot slimmer/fatser these days (Jason Taylor, Michael Strahan)
Tim Crowder (1:19 PM)
Well actually I don't know where that came from because I can run a 4.6, so I don't know where that came from. I don't know a lot of guys at 270 who can run like that.
Who would you compare your game to in the NFL? Who do you aspire to be like as a DE?
Tim Crowder (1:20 PM)
I compare my game to Strahan's when he was heavier. I feel like I have more speed than Mike though. But I aspire to be like Strahan, as far as being a complete D-end, as far as stopping the run and being a pass rusher.
JJ Sandusky, Ohio
Where do you think you'll go in the draft if you have a good combine?
Tim Crowder (1:21 PM)
Right now I'm projected as a late first rounder, but I think with a good combine I can inch up a little more.
Would you prefer playing on a defense that ran a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme?
Tim Crowder (1:22 PM)
It really doesn't matter to me. I feel I can fit in either one. I can put my hand in the dirt or rush the passer from a two point stance, it really doesn't matter.
Colin (New Orleans)
Where would you like to play?
Tim Crowder (1:23 PM)
You know I would love to play for any team. I'm willing to go to any team that feels that they need me.
Do you get frustrated having to wait so long between your bowl and draft day with people speculating where you are going to and the hyper-criticism that goes along with having people breakdown the weak points of your game?
Tim Crowder (1:24 PM)
Not really. The more time you have to prepare the better. And if I were drafting me I would want to see what type of player I really am. So it gives you extra motivation, and it makes you want to improve your weaknesses.
Todd Robison (Ca)
is there any chance you might turn into a demarcus ware, where umight be able to play de or olb?
Tim Crowder (1:25 PM)
Yes, I really believe that I can be that type of player. I can drop into coverage at times. You know, whatever I have to do to get onto the field I'm willing to do. I really believe I can play both positions.
Two of the top 3 regarded OT's in this years draft said you were the hardest to block at the Senior Bowl, Levi Brown and Joe Staley. Do you have a respose to that and how does it make you feel?
Tim Crowder (1:27 PM)
It's a complement to both of us. Those guys have a lot of class. But let me tell you those guys were very difficult to get around in practice.
Do you believe the 40 yard dash is a overated event in the combine?
Tim Crowder (1:28 PM)
I think it depends on your position. I mean I'm a DE so I need to run fast between 10 to 20 yards on the field, rather than 40. But I can't do anything about it, so I need to get ready for a 40.
Clint (cedarville tx)
Hey T, Is Mack Brown as laid back as he seems?
Tim Crowder (1:29 PM)
He's not as laid back as people think, he can get after us. He's the type of guy who doesn't want to scream at guys in public, because most of the time the player already knows he's screwed up. And I respect coach Brown for that.
What number do you want to wear in the NFL?
Tim Crowder (1:30 PM)
It really doesn't matter. Just give me a number and I'll try to make that number into something.
What are your feelings on the BCS? Stupid system or good system?
Tim Crowder (1:31 PM)
You know I don't have too many good things to say about the BCS. I think there should be a playoff system or at least something better than what they have now. More teams should have a shot.
chris (the conn)
did you expect vince young to be as good as he was in his first season?
Tim Crowder (1:32 PM)
I didn't expect it, but I knew he was capable of it. And it's crazy because he's only going to get better.
Josh (Dexter, NY)
What NFL players did you idolize growing up?
Tim Crowder (1:33 PM)
The main one was Jerry Rice, he was the reason why I wore the number 80 in high school and college. He was a class act on and off the field.
Todd Robison (Ca)
What have u been working on improving for the nfl combine?
Tim Crowder (1:34 PM)
More technique oriented things. But I'm also trying to get stronger; I'm focusing on the wonderlic test, and trying to become a student of the game.
JKlipp (Milwaukee, WI)
Baddest OLineman you went up against? Sissiest QB?
Tim Crowder (1:36 PM)
The best lineman I ever faced was Brown out of Oklahoma (I faced him my sophomore year), he was the best I ever faced and he made the ProBowl once he went pro.
depending on what team u get drafted by, do you think that u could start at DE your rookie year?
Tim Crowder (1:37 PM)
I feel like I am capable of that, but it really doesn't matter, it's more about getting a lot of reps. You can end up starting but another guy may get more reps.
Lane (Kukuihaele, HI)
Would you try knock the hell out of Vince or would you take it easy on him?
Tim Crowder (1:38 PM)
You know that's my homeboy, but in a football game I would get a good lick on him. He won't go down if you hit him soft.
What offensive lineman do you must want a chance to go up against?
Tim Crowder (1:39 PM)
All of them. I just want to see what each O lineman has to offer, so I can see what moves I can use on different guys, which will make me a better player.
Tim Crowder (1:40 PM)
Thanks for asking me the questions, I really appreciate all the support. Take care everyone!
Buzzmaster (1:43 PM)
Thanks Tim, and good luck at the combine and at the draft! And, once again Nation sorry for the delay. You can forgive good ole Buzz, right?