Despite going through Pro Day drills as he recovered from food poisoning, Lee Crosby still managed to post a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash with a 37” vertical jump – both numbers would rank inside the top 6 compared to all safeties who performed at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month.
After transferring from a JUCO school, Crosby stepped foot on campus at the University of New Mexico and made an immediate impact in the Lobos’ 3-5-5 defensive scheme. He proved to be a valuable asset in their expanded secondary due to his ability to rotate between every position as he was considered the most versatile defensive back on the roster. Crosby stayed true to that label as he contributed in a variety of ways, whether it was making plays back in coverage or making stops in the backfield. In the NFL he projects as a nickel corner/safety.
So far, Crosby has spoken with a few teams including the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers. A Baltimore, Maryland native, the Ravens invited him to perform in their Local Pro Day next month.
Q: You transferred to New Mexico out of a JUCO program, what ultimately led you to choose UNM?
A: Coaches and players. When I came on my visit I felt something special cooking up here. I wanted to be apart of that and more so I wanted to help change this program around to winners and be respected amongst all of college football.
Q: What was the toughest aspect of making the transition to D-I football?
A: Just learning a new system coming from JUCO where basically had only 1 call and that was man. Then coming to a new team where’s it’s a whole playbook.
Q: Who was the toughest player you ever played against during your time with the Lobos?
A: Honestly my teammate Dameon Gamblin. He has great and even better routes and he competes with [you to] make you get better everyday to be ready for game day.
Q: What was the most memorable moment of your college career?
A: This past season against Hawaii forcing a fumble and scooping it for a TD which happened to be the game winner.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest strength?
A: Versatility to play any position in secondary and my aggressive and physical nature to not shy away from contact unlike most DBs.
Q: What is an aspect of your game you feel you need to improve on?
A: Just to calm it down some sometimes, can be overly aggressive which can be good and bad at times.
Q: If given the chance to sell yourself to an NFL GM, what would you tell them about yourself?
A: Just turn on the tape!
Q: Is there a player who you model your game after?
A: Really no one I just play my game.
Q: When you’re not focused on football, what do you enjoy doing in your off time?
A: Just hanging with friends, playing the game or relaxing for the most part.
Q: What type of music do you listen to before a game to get pumped up?
Q: Who you got winning in your March Madness bracket?