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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Travis Crawley, DB, University of Rhode Island

Rhode Island CB Travis Crawley is a big time play maker

NFL Draft Diamonds website has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible player. We hope to bring you more than 500 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet our next prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Travis Crawley

What is your Height/Weight? 

5’10 179lbs

What is your position? 

Cornerback

Where do you play college football?

University of Rhode Island

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

Kids, it’s all about the kids. If anyone knows me then they know I have a passion for kids and being able to set the right example for them. I’ve mentored many kids and also had the opportunity to work with the New England Special Olympics.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Psychological Application of Statistics

Where are you from?

Woodbridge, Virginia

Who is your role model, and why?

My mother. She sacrificed a lot for me. She was really all I had growing up. She never left me hanging so her nonstop support and faith kept me going.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Baseball was my first love. Basketball and Track

Did you play any other positions in football?

I Got put into a situation where I had to play Nickel and Safety.

At your position, what separates you from others?

My IQ. I feel like I’m smarter then the man infront of me, I don’t use athletic ability to beat anyone I just trust my technique.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

I look for little things such as receivers alignments, how far they are from the QB, how quick the QB’s 3 step game is. Receivers technique when going vs press. How receivers run their routes and how they adjust to the ball in the air. Reading lineman for run/pass options.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Kalien Clay when he went to MT. SAC juco, he went on to play at University of Utah then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

I would have to say Joe Haden simply because the way he plays with a chip on his shoulder, he’s a smaller guy at 5’9 so his technique definitely plays a big role in his success, I was always small until college so I feel like my game can shadow his.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Being at a Junior College in LA because of grade issues and having to live on my own for 2 years with little to no support but being able to go out there and handle my business and earn a full scholarship to a great Division 1 institution.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I listen to “Made For” by YFN Lucci before leaving the locker room and praying in the end zone with a teammate before kickoff.

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is reading the QB in zone coverages, reading and reacting to the ball is very instinct for me.

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness would be being to aggressive at times, such as on routes. I like to play fast so I use my technique and if I feel the QB ready to release the ball before the receiver can finish his route, I’m breaking on the ball no questions which can hurt you at times.

If I were a GM an gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I would say that I’m a hard worker, I like to compete at a very high level. I play with a lot of passion and standout on the field. I make a presence every time I’m on the field if it’s a play on the ball or off the ball, I play with swag I let the opponent know I’m here.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

Favorite team Washington Redskins- favorite player Mike Vick

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

Sean Taylor, Barack Obama and Malcolm X

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

I’ll buy my mother that Benz she always talked about. 

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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