Isaiah Crowell Skipping Senior Season At Alabama State To Enter NFL Draft

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On Thursday, it was announced that former UGA Bulldog and current Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell would be forgoing his senior season to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
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Surely, you remember when Crowell was the crown jewel of the 2011 “Dream Team” recruiting class, picking UGA over Alabama on National Signing day in what many expected would be a “program changing” pickup for the Dawgs.

After a semi-successful true freshman season in Athens that included multiple minor injuries, a one quarter suspension against Vanderbilt, and a full game suspension against New Mexico State, expectations remained high throughout Dawg Nation for 2012 and beyond.

Then, on June 28th, 2012, Crowell and several other UGA teammates were pulled over in Athens, and after a search was conducted, a gun was found under the driver’s seat in which Crowell was driving. He was immediately kicked off the team, and transferred to Alabama State.

Eventually, all charges (felony charge of possessing a weapon with an altered ID mark and misdemeanor charges of possession and carrying a concealed weapon without a license and carrying a weapon within in a school zone) against Crowell were dropped after the Athens Clarke County district attorney explained that there was no way to prove beyond reason of doubt that Crowell knew the gun was in the car that was owned by his mother.

Crowell went on to have two fairly successful seasons with the Alabama State Hornets, starting all but one game and running the ball 163 times for 1,089 yards and 15 touchdowns during this, his junior season.

 



9 comments
Bulldawg Bob2
Bulldawg Bob2

I see him going maybe in the 5th, 6th or 7th round which is right along with several scouting sites when it comes to projecting collegiate players in the NFL draft. He might could move up to the 4th round when a stellar NFL combine if he is invited to the event. I wish him success and well, but he has a lot of negative perception to overcome.

Olddawg 55
Olddawg 55

I think the pros will take a long look at Crowell and not in an admiring way.  His habit of taking himself out of games that he showed at Georgia was front and center in the Turkey Bowl classic against Stillman on Thanksgiving.  In a game that was still close at the end of the first quarter, Crowell took himself out of the game...fortunately for the Hornets his backup had a tremendous game and led ASU to a victory.  Crowell came under a lot of criticism in Montgomery where fans questioned his loyalty to the program..not showing appreciation for ASU giving him a scholarship when he needed it, and seemingly not wanted to chance an injury and his pro career.  I think GMs at the pro level will question his durability and loyalty and he will slide down the charts a good bit.  Talent, but no heart!

CONFEDERATEDAWG
CONFEDERATEDAWG

I LOVE HIM.... PEOPLE BASH HIM...  HE SAVED US AT RB THAT YEAR....
AND THE THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED....

DallasDawg
DallasDawg

Well he will find out what it means to be really hurt but best of luck to him.

DC Dawg
DC Dawg

Good luck Isaiah. You definitely have the talent, and your body shouldn't be used up. Go work hard in the league and save your money. Find you some teammates who will give you good advice and listen to them.

Bulldawg Bob2
Bulldawg Bob2

@Olddawg 55 I agree. Teams are going to question him at every step along the way about the incidences that got him dismissed from Georgia, and they are going to have even more questions about his work ethic and drive due to how often he has taken himself out of games both at Georgia and Alabama State. 

He wasn't going to be a high draft round pick anyways, and if he got back a first or second round grade when he submitted paper work to leave early for the draft, he was misinformed IMHO.

At best I see him going in the 5th, 6th, or 7th rounds. He could work his way into the 4th if he has a great combine if he is invited to attend it. I still think teams will be interested in him. He will get the chance to try out and make a team as a later round draft pick or an undrafted free agent on his talent and potential ability alone.

I want to see him succeed, but like you, I have series questions about his heart and drive to play football to utilize his talent to the best of his ability.

Bulldawg Bob2
Bulldawg Bob2

@CONFEDERATEDAWG I believe in the right to bear arms. I own several myself. I grew up around guns, hunting, and shooting. I believe in the right of US citizens to buy and own guns LEGALLY. However, I'm not sure having a fire arm on school property with a filed off serial number falls under the 2nd amendment of the Bill of Rights, and I'm quite sure it is legal either. When I went to Georgia as a student I didn't bring my handguns or rifles with me. I left them with my grandparents and dad. when I have attended football games at Sanford Stadium, I don't bring any of my shotguns, rifles, or handguns. There is no need too even if I have right to bear them in my vehicle or on my person because I carry permit and a legal gun with serial numbers intact.

I also like Isaiah Crowell, and I appreciate him coming to Georgia and his contribution while he was here; however, even thought he is a talented player, he was not a team player. He broke team and school rules, and I have to question his heart and desire to play the game to the best of his ability. From what I read, he still continues to take himself out of games when there is no apparent injury. 

How many times has Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, JJ Green, Brendan Douglas, or Aaron Murray taken themselves out. Heck, trainers and coaches have to make them come out when they have been hurt. Murray played a whole series on a torn ACL!!! How does Crowell measure up to those 5 players?