Is Koron Crump the Best Pass Rusher You Don’t Know

June 6, 2018

Guys like Clelin Ferrell and Nick Bosa are household names but as we have seen in the past, there is always someone out there that we are not talking about now that rises during the season and draft process and seems to come out of nowhere. Most people had no idea who Marcus Davenport was at this time last year. Here we look at why we feel that Arizona State’s Koron Crump might be the best pass rusher you don’t know.

Who is Koron Crump?

Coming to Arizona State from Fort Scott Community College he made an instant impact for the Sun Devils with 9.5 sacks on the season. Entering his senior season there was high hopes for Crump but injured his knee in the third game of the season and missed the remaining 10 games of the season. After being granted another year of eligibility, Crump is looking to prove he can stay healthy and build off of his junior year.

Crump can best be defined as a speed rusher who lines up mainly at the seven technique to take advantage of his burst off the line and straight line speed to attack the quarterback. Lacking good flexibility Crump is often put outside further to take advantage of angles and using his speed to his advantage. Arizona State often will also line up Crump as a stacked middle linebacker and blitz him up the middle getting him on the move and making it difficult for interior lineman to cut him off and prevent penetration.

Besides concerns about Crump coming back from his knee injury his size has to be a concern seeing that he’s only 6’3 215lbs that is less than ideal size for an edge pass rusher. A big part of that concern is his ability to hold up against the run. Crump is an active run defender who works hard to set the edge and will chase down the ball, but too often he can be moved and sealed off against offensive tackles. This may cause teams to have to project Crump to an off the ball linebacker where his stiffness could create issues for him.

Where Does Koron Crump Best Fit

As cliche as it sounds, Crump best fits with a team that is willing to move him around. He may not become an every down NFL player and likely isn’t a starter day one in the NFL, but he has the makings of a situational pass rusher initially and possibly developing into a starter at linebacker. A team that runs a base 3-4 defense likely is the best spot for him as he won’t be asked to line up off the shoulder of the offensive tackles and can be lined up wider to rush the passer or work more against tight ends setting the edge.

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