The Las Vegas Raiders Pro Bowl edge rusher Maxx Crosby has been named to Pro Football Focus’ Top-25 Under 25 list.
The 24-year-old has turned out to be one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL.
From all the young talent causing havoc on Sundays, PFF’s Trevor Sikkema has Crosby ranked No.12 among the top-25.
“The Raiders’ third-year pass-rusher took a leap into elite status this past season. In 2021, his 91.7 pass-rush grade ranked second only to Myles Garrett. Crosby also leads the league in total pressures (200) over the past three seasons, playoffs included, for players under the age of 25. Crosby recorded 67.3 and 58.2 pass-rush grades in his previous two seasons, so the jump to an elite mark in 2021 was quite the statement. Now, he’ll have Chandler Jones lining up with him along the Raiders' defensive line. With that, expect more one-on-one opportunities for Crosby to continue his top pass-rush play,” Sikkema noted.
Crosby came into the league when then the Oakland Raiders drafted him in the fourth-round (106th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft.
His drive and impact on the field had everyone noticing him since his arrival to the league. Snubbed from winning the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, Crosby persevered throughout the next few years.
In 2021, Crosby recorded 56 total tackles (26 soloa), 13 tackles for losses, eight sacks, 30 quarterback hits and seven pass deflections.
Crowby was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week twice last season (Weeks 1 and 18).
Following that remarkable season, Crosby was named to his first Pro Bowl and to the NFL’s All-Pro second team.
Crosby has started 42 consecutive games dating to week eight of his rookie season in 2019.
And in his remarkable young career, Crosby has tallied 142 total tackles (92 solos), 43 tackles for losses, an astonishing 25 sacks, 57 quarterback hits, one forced fumble and 12 pass deflections.
Crosby will not turn 25 until August, and while it might be the last time his name will be on this list, the Raiders elite pass rusher is on the right path of being named one of the best players in the league regardless of age.
Raiders running back Josh Jacobs received honorable mention on the list.
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