Harris County’s Tae Crowder, Mr. Irrelevant, Determined to be Relevant in New York
GIANTS SELECT LINEBACKER CROWDER 255TH IN THE 2020 VIRTUAL NFL DRAFT
Harris County native Tae Crowder dreamed of playing in the NFL, and in Saturday’s virtual NFL Draft he was awarded the chance. After waiting through all seven rounds, the New York Giants selected the Georgia Bulldogs’ linebacker as the 255 pick overall.
“It was up there on the clock, and I was like dang. They said are you ready to be a Giant,” said Crowder. “It was just a blessing that I was even nominated for that too. All I wanted was my mom to hear my name, even if it was the first pick or the last pick.”
The linebacker became the second Georgia Bulldog ever to earn the Mr. Irrelevant distinction. He joins a Giants squad that drafted four linebackers, all in the final two rounds, so Crowder has been given a shot to compete.
Round 1, pick 4: Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia
Round 2, pick 36: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Round 3, pick 99: Matt Peart, OT, Connecticut
Round 4, pick 110: Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA
Round 5, pick 150: Shane Lemieux, G, Oregon
Round 6, pick 183: Cameron Brown, LB, Penn State
Round 7, pick 218: Carter Coughlin, LB, Minnesota
Round 7, pick 238: T.J. Brunson, ILB, South Carolina
Round 7, pick 247: Chris Williamson, CB, Minnesota
Round 7, pick 255: Tae Crowder, LB, Georgia
“Oh man that’s the best part, you know competition,” said Crowder. “Just going out and competing with the guys on your team and just working with them each and everyday. That’s something you’ve got to look forward to.”
The 6’3”, 235 lb. linebacker brings a lot of speed and power. During his last season at Georgia, Crowder tallied 62 tackles and four pass deflections.
“I like to play fast and do what I do. Try to get there and try to make plays, so however I can do that I’m going to try to do that the best I can.”
Crowder is excited to play for New York’s Inside Linebackers Coach Kevin Sherrer.
“It will just be pretty cool to catch up with him. He can show me things that’s in the NFL that’s stuff that I need to know. That’s new to me.”
Crowder’s next step is to keep working hard at home until training camp where he looks to prove to the Giants that he’s not irrelevant.
“You know, you just got to go to work. That’s where you learn who you really are. You get to prove what you can do to all of the coaches and stuff like that. I’m definitely looking forward to that.”