2019 NFL Draft: Raiders select edge rusher Maxx Crosby to bolster pass rush


With the fourth pick in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected defensive end Maxx Crosby out of Eastern Michigan University.

The Raiders are in need of more edge rushers even after selecting Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 overall pick.

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Maxx Crosby

Position: Defensive end
College: Eastern Michigan
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 247 pounds
Selection: Fourth round (No. 106 overall)

Scouting report

Crosby is a crafty edge rusher who needs some time to gain strength and mass. He has good hand use but doesn’t always translate speed to power and can’t push people around like some others at his position.

He was a team captain and motivates easily.

“Crosby arrived at EMU at only 212 pounds and needs time in an NFL strength and conditioning program to fill out his gangly frame,” said Dane Brugler, NFL draft expert for The Athletic. “His motor is always revving, and he never gives up on plays, but his limbs are all over the place and he needs to stay under control mid-rush. Overall, Crosby won’t be known for his power, but he is a quick, punctual pass rusher and shows the semblance of a plan, flashing NFL starting potential after a year or two of seasoning.”

Crosby was a productive small-school player, with 20 sacks and 41 tackles for loss in three college seasons, though most of his damage was done in the last two years. He ran a 4.66-second 40-yard dash, with other solid individual scores.

Projected role

The Raiders need edge rushers, and lots of them after generating just 13 sacks in 2018. Crosby was solid getting after the quarterback in college, and will try to carve out a role rushing the passer. Even situational help would benefit a Raiders team in need of talent at the position. That could be his role early, and he might compete with second-year pro Arden Key for playing time opposite 2019 first-round pick Clelin Ferrell.

What they’re saying

"We would be a great dynamic duo. ...We do things in a little bit differently but we're both effective." -- Crosby on teaming up with first-round pick Clelin Ferrell

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