Shaun Crawford was a member of two College Football Playoff teams during his time at Notre Dame, serving a key component of the Irish secondary whether he was playing at the corner or safety position. As you learn more about Crawford's story, he is truly an inspiration and embodies everything that Notre Dame is about.
Despite his injury history, Crawford never quit and finished with a quality pro day in South Bend to cap off his career. As someone who bleeds blue and gold, it was a pleasure to see Shaun Crawford play in South Bend, defy all odds, and prove anything is possible.
Meet The Prospect
Crawford played three different positions during his time in South Bend, most recently spending time last season at the safety position. He has also played the boundary corner position in addition to the slot corner position. He clocked a 4.47 40-yard dash and provides great value on special teams as well.
It's hard to say where NFL GM's project Crawford playing at the next level, but I feel his best fit in the NFL would be as a slot corner and contributor on punt and kickoff teams. Back in 2016, Crawford also had an impressive missed extra point returned for a game-tying score against Texas.
Crawford always seemed to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time, likely a result of his high football IQ and positional versatility. He finished his Irish career with five interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble to supplement his 123 total tackles and seven TFL's. He showed great playmaking ability and athleticism during his time at Notre Dame, he was a leader in the secondary, and most importantly was a player his coaches and teammates could depend on. NFL GM's will see that same value, but I don't believe Crawford will hear his name called until Day 3 or shortly after the draft when the UDFA signings start flooding in.
Either way you cut it, Shaun Crawford had a quality career at Notre Dame and his best football is ahead of him. There is a home for him in the NFL; fans will just have to wait and see which GM believes in him the same way Brian Kelly did. For Crawford and his family as well as Notre Dame fans everywhere, that call will be a very special moment and part of the reason I love the NFL Draft.