Lions Get Pac-12 Offensive Lineman Of The Year In Round Five Of Draft

Originally projected to go in the second or third round, Crosby represents solid value for the Lions in the fifth.

Will Burchfield
April 28, 2018 - 3:03 pm
Jan 24, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby of Oregon (73) blocks defensive tackle Harrison Phillips of Stanfor (66) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

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Bob Quinn and the Lions continue to put an emphasis on the offensive line, selecting tackle Tyrell Crosby from Oregon in the fifth round (No. 153 overall) of the draft on Saturday. 

Crosby was voted the Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Year by opposing defensive linemen last season. He didn't allow a single sack or quarterback hit and surrendered just three quarterback hurries. His technique is raw, but Crosby is said to have uncoachable strength and power. He checked in at the combine at 6'5, 309 pounds. 

For the Lions, Crosby will provide depth on the offensive line. After Detroit selected Frank Ragnow in the first round on Friday, the starting unit appears to be left Tackle Daylor Decker, left guard Graham Glasgow, Ragnow at center, right guard T.J. Lang and right tackle Rick Wagner. 

Crosby was a four-year starter at tackle in college, but scouting reports suggest he's better suited for an interior role in the NFL. He's most effective at paving ground for the run game.

Originally projected to go in the second or third round, Crosby represents solid value for the Lions in the fifth. And his slip down the board seems to have put a chip on his shoulder. "Let them sleep," he said via Twitter. 

For Crosby, who's from the same town in Nevada as Lions safety Miles Killebrew, it's on to Detroit. 

Quinn has invested heavily in the offensive line in his first three years as GM. Along with his moves this year, which include a couple depth signings in free agency, he spent a first-round pick on Decker and a third-round pick on Glasgow in 2016 (plus a fifth-round pick on Joe Dahl), and gave big-money contracts to Lang and Wagner in 2017.

“I think it starts in the trenches. I think it starts up front," Quinn said after the Ragnow pick on Thursday night. "We want to build through the middle of our team, through the offensive line, defensive line and through the middle. That’s kind of what we believe in."