May 4, 2012; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys third round draft pick Tyrone Crawford (70) in action during rookie mini-camp at Dallas Cowboys headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Fan Question: What Role Will Tyrone Crawford Play For The Cowboys?


Landry Hat readers are some of the most passionate Dallas Cowboy fans on the planet. That’s why we have stocked our writing staff full of those same die-hard fans.  And in an effort to be sure we are catering to our reader’s needs, we have restarted our series of answering your fan questions. Before diving into Part Two of our expert’s opinions, let’s restate the selected reader question for this week:

May 4, 2012; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys third round draft pick Tyrone Crawford (70) in action during rookie mini-camp at Dallas Cowboys headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Californy via the comments section asked: “What position are they projecting (Tyrone) Crawford to play at? Is he a candidate for the NT or DE position here in Dallas.  I don’t think he has the size at NT, and he may not have the speed for DE.  Do the Cowboys go to a 4-3 where Crawford would be ideal as one of the DT?”

Now here are the answers provided by the experts from our writing staff:

Todd Toombs, Senior Writer: “Tyrone Crawford is listed on the roster as a Defensive End, but he’s very light at 282 pounds to play that position on every down as your question suggests.  My guess is that the Cowboys – if he makes the team, not guaranteed – use him on special teams and as a pass rush specialist on 3rd downs while Mike Woicik tries to put some more weight on him.  Their ultimate goal would be to see him take over at DE for Marcus Spears or Kenyon Coleman at some point.  No way Rob Ryan changes his entire defensive scheme to a 4-3 to fit this guy’s skills.  Either he earns a spot in this defense and finds ways to contribute or he’ll be shopping for another team that is a better fit.  The Cowboys wouldn’t have drafted him unless they felt there was a chance they could make it work.”

Jonathan Barger, Senior Writer: “Crawford is projected to be a pass rushing 3-4 DE. He does not have the size to play NT in a 3-4, and if the Cowboys went to a 4-3, then the two inside rushers would be Ratliff and Lissemore or Ratliff and Brent. The Cowboys are going for more athletic 3-4 DE’s. I think by the end of the year the starters at DE will be Hatcher and Lissemore (taking over for Marcus Spears). The Cowboys want more from the front 5 pass rush, and they won’t be able to get that from Marcus Spears.”

Kim Dunning, Staff Writer: “I look for Crawford to play DE and be comparably like Jason Pierre Paul from the Giants.  I don’t see Dallas moving to a 4-3 defense anytime soon.”

Levi Glenn, Staff Writer:  “I expect Crawford to have a rotating role at OLB in run defense. I don’t think he will fully emerge for a few years and may be the anticipated replacement for Spencer if he don’t stay in Dallas after this season. I also believe that Ware dominates in the 3-4 scheme and he will never play in a 4-3.”

Joe Owens, Senior Writer: “With Jay Ratliff likely to begin camp on the active/PUP list the Cowboys could experiment some with moving Crawford over to nose tackle. While the talent level is the same between the rookie and veteran both are similar in size and let’s not forget Crawford wasn’t even the best defensive lineman on the Boise State team last season. In the meantime expect former 2010 7th round supplemental draft pick Josh Brent to receive the bulk of the snaps in the middle of the d-line.”

Checkout the rest of our experts answers tomorrow in part two of this article! And don’t forget, if you liked any particular answer by an expert to checkout their other stories by clicking on their names!

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  • californy

    Tyron Crawfrord was drafted weighting 270 lbs, he has since put on 17 lbs. My take is there looking at putting him inside. Unfortunately he is hurt so he is not practicing so it is harder to project where he is going to play at. Crawford was a DE in college but a move inside to NT will make him a undersize player. With Ratliff injury foot, expect to see Crawford in the same role should the boys stay with a 3-4 front. I just dont think he and Rratliff have the size to be effective. The boys do have Calloway who does have the size at 6-5 330 lbs, then they have Geather who is 6-4 325 lbs, but still has shown nothing just like Brent to me. It is still unclear where we will play at, It seem like the boys are going to used more 4-3 fronts and to be honest this would please me very much should they go back to this type of defence,

  • californy

    Ware came from a 4-3 defence in College and a move to DE would be a natural change for Ware. Spencer and Butler also were 4-3 defnsive ends in college, and so was Ratliff.
    Crawford doesnt have the speed at 4.89 to play OLB. he is listed as OLB as secound position though.
    Lissemore is taking over for Coleman and the other end will be Hatcher. Yup, he is hard to project where he is going to be at.

  • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

    Tyrone Crawford has great technique and came from one of the best coaching staffs in the country at Boise. They run a system that commands the utmost discipline. He is strong at the point of attack and is one of those players who is very hard to block. He never gives up on a play and has good feet. Crawford is a prototypical 4-3 player, but Ryan uses a lot of different fronts. He will see time in the Nickel cuz Ryan uses a 4 man front there, and as a pass rush specialist on 3rd down as well. They have used him at NT in some packages already. If Rat can play NT at his weight, don’t think for 1 minute that Crawford can’t play DE in a 3-4 front if needed.

    Bryan Broaddus said: Of the players that usually get Blue practice work during the week, the standout from my position on Jones Tower was defensive end Tyrone Crawford.When the coaches and scouts sit down tonight after dinner to watch the
    tape, they are going to see Crawford and really how disruptive of a
    player he was throughout practice. It didn’t matter who he lined up
    against, he was finding a way to work up the field and get into the back
    field. I have said this before and I will now say it again, he is one
    of those defenders that is making moves as he is going up the field. His
    effort is outstanding but his technique is even better. Crawford is one
    of those defensive linemen that refuses to stay blocked.

  • ctcowboy1968

    @Levi – Crawford will not be an OLB. DL only. Spencer’s replacements will be either Butler or Wilber. Don’t forget Albright or Hamilton. Cowboys drafted Crawford for the DL and he will be part of the rotation.
    @ Kim – That’s a huge comparison. Here’s to wishing he is anywhere near that good.