Jamison Crowder: To Washington in 4th Round


Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder was drafted by the Washington Redskins with 105th overall pick. That made him an early day three draftee in the fourth round.

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That meant that from Laken Tomlinson to Jamison Crowder, there were no other local players picked. Things went Wake-Duke and then Duke again.

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Crowder is the 5’ 8” mighty midget who was a thorn in the side of the other Coastal Division teams during his four years at Duke. He caught enough balls during that time to become the ACC all-time receptions leader. When Crowder was not doing that, he was returning punts and kickoffs, which netted him some more touchdowns over the years.

His duty on special teams is probably why the Washington Redskins took him where they did. Washington has a trio of serviceable receivers between Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, and the Citadel’s own Andre Roberts. Crowder could become the fourth man and flit in and out of the coverage gaps opened up by the other three.

Yet that will not be where he first will make his name. Yes, Crowder will once again have to rely on his punt returning skills to open up other doors on the roster. For the savvy wideout, it is not a bad path to take. I seem to remember someone named Steve Smith who went from third round punt returner to All-Pro receiver.

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  • Crowder will also add maturity to a locker room that seems a bit disjointed. I am not sure that was what Jay Gruden was thinking, but they will be glad of it all the same.

    It is a credit to David Cutcliffe and the program building that he has done at Duke to be able to show off guys like Tomlinson and Crowder. It will be a tradition that I am sure he wishes to continue for years to come. Now if he could just get that one quarterback prospect that he needs…

    Next: Laken Tomlinson 28th to the Detroit Lions