Oregon State has its first player drafted in 2019...sort of. Former OSU defensive back Xavier Crawford was drafted 195th overall in the sixth round by the Houston Texans on Saturday.
From 2015 to 2017, Crawford totaled 87 tackles in 17 games and one interception. Crawford only played in five games in 2017 for the Beavers due to an injury. In 2018, Crawford played a season for Central Michigan under his former OSU defensive back coach Cory Hall where he totaled 24 tackles, three for a loss, and an interception.
Crawford also broke up 12 passes last season and was a first team All-Conference selection in the Mid-American Conference.
Houston Bound!— CMU Football (@CMU_Football) April 27, 2019
Another Chippewa comes off the board in the 2019 @NFLDraft
Xavier Crawford is heading to the @HoustonTexans with pick No.195 in the 6th round!
Congratulations Xavier!#FireUpChips ☝️#NFLDraft2019 pic.twitter.com/zj3alcmVIP
As of this post, the seventh and final round is underway...so it’s unlikely that OSU will have another former player drafted.
Here’s what our own Marcus Russell had to say about Crawford before the draft:
“Crawford stands at 5-foot-11 and 187-pounds. He ran a 4.48 forty at the combine and recorded a 37.5 inch vertical. Crawford’s biggest strength is his consistency and long arms, which lead to plenty of pass-break ups. He could also be an asset on special teams for an NFL team, which helps his chances of being drafted on day three (rounds 4-7).”
Rookies are expected to report to minicamp sometime in the first two weeks of May.