“It’s hard to see superstar play sometimes from corners because offenses may throw away from them. Patrick Peterson, you’ll see him some games and only have one tackle and no pass break ups and you’ll say ‘well Patrick didn’t even play.’ Well they didn’t even throw his way. ... We just hope that when those plays present themselves that [Norman] will make those plays in the future. So it’s really tough to judge Josh’s play because he doesn’t get a lot of opportunities.”
Burns, a pass rusher for Florida State, wouldn’t be someone who needs to be groomed or coddled, on the other hand. He has his share of concerns as well (most notably a body that might get pushed around on Sundays), but he has a chance to impact the ‘Skins defense as soon as he arrives.
This year’s draft is loaded with talented edge rushers from powerhouse programs, but one NFL team is going to get the steal of the class if they land Crosby anywhere outside the first two rounds. A complete player with the frame, skill set and versatility to make an impact in any scheme, Crosby backed up his impressive tape and solid production with a strong performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, finishing among the top performers in multiple events.
The biggest problem with waiting till next year is it’s impossible to know for sure what any of the variables will be. On paper one can say that next year’s QB class will be more talented, but that line of thinking is exactly why quarterbacks like DeShaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes are playing where they are now, and some teams are having huge regrets. Even if the next years QB class does end up better, that doesn’t guarantee that you will land one of them.