Harris County’s Tae Crowder Trains for 2020 NFL Draft
2020 NFL DRAFT DATES: APRIL 23-25, 2020
Football players dream of the day when they’ll hear their name called in the NFL Draft. The 2020 draft, which was supposed to be held in Las Vegas, will be virtual this year due to COVID-19. That includes former Georgia Bulldog and Harris County native, Tae Crowder.
“It’s getting kind of emotional day-by-day as it gets closer,” said Crowder. “It feels so surreal, but my opportunity is going to come. I’m just ready.”
Crowder has overcome many obstacles to get to the NFL Draft. He started out as a Harris County wide receiver, originally committed to Georgia Southern, but a last minute change earned Crowder a spot on the Georgia roster. He joined the Bulldogs as a running back before transitioning to inside linebacker in the middle of his redshirt freshman year.
“I gave them my trust and they started to trust me, so just putting in all of that work is finally paying off.”
The 6’3″, 235 pound senior totaled 62 tackles and four pass deflections during the 2019-20 season, helping Georgia finish the year as the nation’s best scoring and rushing defense. The Bulldogs ranked third in the nation in total defense.
“I’m a hardworker. I’m a playmaker. I’m a disciplined player, so I always try to do things the right way. I’m going to give it all I’ve got.”
Due to COVID-19 Georgia’s Pro Day was canceled, so Crowder sent a video to NFL teams highlighting his skills. He’s heard back from many teams, but would have liked to show off his talent in-person in front of all of the teams. The Butkus Award sem-finalist could be a late round pick or free agent, but no matter what he’ll play his best.
“I’ve been through it all of my life. It’s another opportunity that I’ve got to go get. That I’ve got to go chase, so I’ve just got to make the best of it.”
Good luck to Tae Crowder on his NFL journey.
2020 NFL Draft Schedule
Thursday, April 23: Round 1, 8 p.m. EST
Friday, April 24: Rounds 2-3, 7 p.m. EST
Saturday, April 25: Rounds 4-7, 12 p.m. EST
For the first time ever, this year’s draft will be held exclusively online. Due to COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home orders, the Las Vegas planned event has been scrapped for a remote, virtual selection process that will see all 32 NFL teams operating from their homes. Commissioner Roger Goodell is set to announce picks from his home in New York.