With some Penn State players preparing for the NFL Draft and potential workouts and the NFL Scouting Combine, it is not unusual to see players spread throughout the country as they train with other NFL hopefuls, and in some cases current NFL players. In Jack Crawford’s case, he is training in New Jersey with a former Philadelphia Eagle.
As reported yesterday by Press of Atlantic City, Crawford is training at 7 Deuce Sports with Tra Thomas, a three-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle who played 12 years in the NFL and was a fixture on the Philadelphia offensive line protecting Donovan McNabb. Thomas is giving Crawford unique advice, letting him know what offensive linemen in the NFL think and do to better prepare Crawford for a potential NFL future.
“It’s tough to get past him,” Crawford said. “I’m learning that certain things that worked for me in college won’t work in the NFL.”
Some more from Crawford…
“A lot of guys I know left school and went down south to train,” said Crawford, who is taking online courses toward earning his degree in anthropology this summer. “But I had heard good things about Tra. There are things I can learn from him that I couldn’t get from some other (trainers). I started working with him before our bowl game… and decided to stick with it.”
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Crawford will be one of four Penn State players playing in the Senior Bowl next week. See what Optimum Scouting has to say about Crawford and other players playing in the game here.
Photo: The Press of Atlantic City/Staff Photo by Michael Ein