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LB Tae Crowder: The Good, the Great and the Ugly

Coach Gene Clemons takes a look at inside linebacker Tae Crowder's strengths and weaknesses.

It could be argued that one of the reasons why the New York Giants did not prioritize drafting an inside linebacker earlier in the 2022 draft is because of the presence of Tae Crowder.

The 2020 seventh-round pick out of Georgia--"Mr. Irrelevant"--had a productive 2021 season for New York. He started all 17 games and collected 130 tackles, including 64 solo tackles.

Crowder is in the mold of the new-age linebacker. He is not burley and replaces that size with athleticism. He is a little longer than some of the other guys. Those skills are what make him an intriguing long-term option for the Giants.

His ability to cover, speed and range as a run defender should make him a favorable option for a defensive coordinator. He also has some things he needs to clean up. Let’s look at the good, great, and ugly of the 25-year-old third-year linebacker.

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Jan 2, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Giants inside linebacker Tae Crowder (48) runs with the ball after making an interception against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field.
Nov 28, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants inside linebacker Tae Crowder (48) intercepts a pass in front of free safety Xavier McKinney (29) during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium.
New York Giants linebacker Tae Crowder (48) breaks a tackle by Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) for a touchdown in the second half. The New York Giants defeat the Washington Football Team, 20-19, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in East Rutherford. Nyg Vs Was
Dec 19, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) is tackled by New York Giants inside linebacker Tae Crowder (48) during the second half at MetLife Stadium.

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