Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: Jared Crick.
- Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
- 6-foot-4, 285 pounds
- Played basketball and was a track and field standout in high school
News & Notes:
Coming off pectoral surgery…Ran a 4.99 at the combine with a 31-inch vertical…Totaled 20 sacks at Nebraska…Had 167 career tackles, 35 tackles for a loss…Scouts view him as a 3-4 DE instead of a pure pass rusher…Rivals.com first-team All American in 2010.
What they’re saying about him:
- Bob McGinn (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel): McGinn quoted a scout about Crick: “Good enough athlete to play 5-technique (3-4 DE). Strong hands. Plays with pride. He’s got some stiffness, but he’s got enough flexibility to squeeze and control and go laterally and make plays.”
- Wes Bunting (National Football Post): “Isn’t a guy who can hold up vs. the run inside in the NFL and isn’t a dynamic pass rusher either. However, as a five-technique DE I can see him finding a home with some versatility on 3rd down.”
- Chad Reuter (CBS Sports): “Not an elite pass rusher. Sacks come with relentless effort, not initial quickness or varied pass-rush moves…Secure tackler with closing speed and fair change of direction ability for his height and frame. Breaks down to tackle has the strong upper body to keep ballcarriers from wriggling free.”
- Plays a little high. Needs to get lower to succeed in the NFL
- Looks more athletic after his initial move. Not a quick first move, but if he gets you in his sights later in a play, watch out
- Uses long arms to keep blockers away and dive at the ball-carrier.
- If he develops a quicker initial move, he’ll be a keeper. For now, he looks more like second-rounder.
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