by Drew Boylhart
SR Staff Writer
January 2005
Channing Crowder   LB   Florida

Channing might be the most athletically talented LB in this draft. He can play any one of the three LB positions. He has good speed and burst to the ball and does a good job of wrapping up when he tackles. Channing uses his hands very well to meet and shed the block to stuff the run. He has good change of direction abilities and nice long arms that come in handy when defending against the pass. Channing has the talent to be an impact player at the next level.

Needs to Improve

The off field issues are going to effect where he will be drafted. He is not a good teammate and he doesn’t shut his mouth on the field. For me personally, there is not enough talent in the world that would make me draft him if I owned a team.

Talent Board Round  2

Channing is another one of those players that has the talent to build a team around but, remember if you do, that he becomes the face of your team.  As a businessman, let me tell you, if that face is a negative face then you will pay for it for a very long time. On the field, he brings a tractor-trailer full of trash talk, but that’s not the biggest problem, because he can back it up. He is a Ray Lewis clone on and off the field. I like his talent and have no problems with his trash talking. In most cases, trash talking is an important part of a player’s game in getting an edge on his opponent. I know I used to use it all the time when I played sports. It is the off field issues and the false leadership potential along with the amount of money to invest in this kid that bothers me. This is my personal opinion.  Believe me when I say that all 32 teams that are in this draft will not hold that opinion. So expect Channing with his first round talent to be taken high in this draft. Personally, I would prefer to take a player like Robert McCune of Louisville who may be a little less talented, but is not a “ME” player, will play harder and be more consistent.