During a flurry of major transactions today around the NFL, the Falcons stayed relatively quiet. This should have been expected, however, considering the team said they would mostly focus on re-signing their own players.
The team did manage to make one under the radar signing, when they agreed to terms with defensive lineman Jack Crawford on a 3 year deal worth $10.3 million. Most Falcons fans had to do a double take when the signing was announced, as Jack Crawford is often confused with his former teammate on the Dallas Cowboys Tyrone Crawford.
What we do know about Jack Crawford is he was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 draft out of Penn State by the Oakland Raiders. He has compiled 9.5 sacks and 72 tackles during his five years in the NFL with the Raiders and Cowboys.
Crawford was a late bloomer who moved to the United States to play basketball in High School and eventually ended up playing football. He ultimately earned a football scholarship from Penn State and started there for three years.
Crawford fits the Falcons typical profile, as he has the length and athleticism they prefer to coach and mold into production. He is 6-5 288 pounds with 33 1/2 inch arms and 4.85 speed.
He isn’t a very fluid athlete, but he plays with a good motor and gives excellent effort on every play. Expect the Falcons to use Crawford as a high energy player in their defensive line rotation at both defensive tackle and end. You can check out some of Crawford’s tape from Penn State below.
Josh Schultz is a staff writer for Pro Football Spot’s Atlanta Falcons Coverage. Follow Josh on twitter @draftblackboard and on his Facebook page: Josh Schultz, Pro Football Spot.