by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Mississippi State Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight - Mississippi State, Defensive Line, Jaden Crumedy
Name - Jaden Crumedy
Pos - Defensive Line
Team - Mississippi State
HT/WT - 6’5” 305 lbs.
Home - Hattiesburg, MI
Jaden Crumedy played football and basketball at Oak Grove High School in Mississippi. As a junior, he posted 87 tackles, 29 TFL, and 12 sacks on his way to being elected to participate in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game. Entering his senior year, he was rated a four-star recruit by both 247Sports and Rivals. Each organization also had him as a top-five recruit in Mississippi. After his monster senior season where he totaled 111 tackles, 28.5 TFL, and 14.5 sacks, he was named Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen and was tabbed Hattiesburg American all-area first team. Crumedy decided to stay close to home and committed to Mississippi State.
Crumedy redshirted in 2018 after only appearing in 2 games for the Bulldogs. As a redshirt freshman, he had an excellent spring camp and became a huge part of the Mississippi State defensive line. He appeared in 11 games with 7 starts and tallied 18 tackles, 2 TFL and 1 sack on the season.
After being a part of the defensive line rotation in 2019, Crumedy became a fixture at defensive tackle for Mississippi State in 2020. He started all 11 games for the Bulldogs and collected 31 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 sacks, and 3 quarterback hurries.
He once again was a force to be reckoned with in 2021 for the Bulldogs, starting all 12 games. He made plays all over the field, including blocking a field goal against Louisiana Tech and being credited with 20 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, and 7 quarterback hurries.
What many thought was going to be a breakout season for Crumedy in 2022 was quickly derailed by an injury he suffered in the pre-season. He ended up playing the final 5 games and finished with 15 tackles, 5 TFL, and 2 sacks for the Bulldogs. After his injury riddled season, Crumedy decided to come back to Mississippi State for a 6th season in 2023. He once again started all 12 games and set career highs in tackles with 35 and sacks with 2.5. He finished his career making 39 consecutive starts for Mississippi State.
Crumedy has strong hands and above average length and uses both to his advantage to hit and control offensive linemen. He has a strong, wide base and plays with exceptional balance when attacking the line of scrimmage. He has the size and speed to be lined up all over the defensive line and be a matchup nightmare in certain situations. He is never out of a play and has the desire and the want to make plays all over the field. He plays each play through the whistle whether he is chasing or engaged in a one-on-one battle. He has the strength to be able to anchor on the interior of the defensive line and free up his teammates on the second and third levels. He is able to make himself smaller to bust through gaps and make plays in the backfield.
For a 6’5” 305 lb. player, Crumedy should be a harder hitting player than what he is. He grabs and pulls more often than he hits and wraps up ball carriers. He is more of a north-south player and lacks the agility and lateral movement to be a difference maker on the line. He does not always fire off the snap and is a step slow when engaging with offensive linemen, giving them the upper hand. He lacks the proper hand techniques and has gotten away with using his length and strength to overpower offensive linemen. He will struggle in the NFL battling against players as strong or even stronger than him without the proper hand and footwork.
A player who reminds Draft Nation of Jaden Crumedy is Jonathan Harris. Harris was undrafted out of Lindenwood College in 2019 but signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent. It took him a couple of years to get going, but now in year 4, he has been a big part of the Denver Broncos defensive line. He was raw with his hands and footwork in college but had an excellent work ethic and never gives up. Though Crumedy has a better shot of getting drafted, he more than likely will follow the same path as Harris and take a year or two to get acquainted with the NFL.
Jaden Crumedy has the size and upside that teams will be looking for late in the draft. If he can do something special at the combine, he can find himself in the mid-late rounds. He should at least be a priority undrafted free agent who should be given a shot to be a part of a defensive line rotation.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction -6th or 7th round