Allen Park — The Detroit Lions opted for value over need in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, selecting Oregon offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby with the No. 153 pick Saturday.
Crosby had been the top player available on several analysts’ boards, with both NFL.com and ESPN.com listing him as a Day-2 talent entering the draft. General manager Bob Quinn said entering the day, he expected Crosby to be drafted in the first 5-10 picks of the fourth round.
“We had him graded a lot higher than where we probably took him,” general manager Bob Quinn said. “So, thought the value was just too good to pass up. Size, toughness, playing strength, played left tackle in college, has practiced at other spots. We see him as a guy that has multiple positions along our front.”
The 6-foot-5, 309-pounder started all 13 games as a senior after missing most of his junior year with a foot injury. Pro Football Focus notes he was one of the best pass protectors in college football in 2017, allowing just seven pressures and zero sacks.
“As an O-lineman, you never want your running back, quarterback or just anybody with the ball, or teammate in general to get hit by anyone,” Crosby said. “To know that I kept our quarterback safe throughout the entire year is a tremendous achievement in my opinion.”
On the NFL Network broadcast, analyst Mike Mayock suggested Crosby might have dropped in the draft because of potential concussion concerns. When asked about the comment, Crosby declined to say how many concussions he’s suffered, but is confident it’s not an issue.
“Really, just talking to my agent, we were both kind of just confused listening to it,” Crosby said. “Throughout the whole combine process, Senior Bowl, team visits and all that, every team said I was healthy and ready to go if I had a game tomorrow.”
Quinn reaffirmed confidence in Crosby’s medical evaluation.
“He came in, another guy that had the physical at the combine, passed the physical at the combine, came in here for a visit a few weeks ago, met our doctors and he’s cleared,” Quinn said.
The Lions don’t have a pressing need at offensive tackle with Taylor Decker and Rick Wagner locked into the starting spots. Corey Robinson is an experienced backup at both left and right tackle, but is entering the final year of his contract.
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