In the curious case of Tyrell Crosby, revenge is a dish best served with cold pancakes.
Crosby, the winner of the Morris Trophy awarded to the Pac-12 offensive lineman of the year, as voted on by opposing defensive linemen, watched 11 other offensive tackles get drafted during his surprising slide into the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.
Finally, the agonizing wait ended when the Detroit Lions scooped up the four-year Oregon starter with the 153rd overall pick.
“It’s frustrating just because, in my personal opinion, I think I’m one of the best offensive tackles from the 2018 draft,” Crosby said during a teleconference with reporters. “But though it kind of sucked, at the same time it’s just an awesome feeling to know that I’m a part of such a great organization with great history. …
“I ended up in Detroit, and I’m so thankful for it.”
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said Crosby’s stock may have dipped due to issues with concussions.
“I’d prefer not to answer that,” Crosby said when asked how many concussions he has suffered. “I didn’t expect it. But honestly, at the end of the day, I’m a professional football player.”
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Crosby will have a chance to block for former Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount, who signed with Detroit during free agency last month.
Blount went undrafted in 2010 after getting suspended for eight games by Chip Kelly for punching a Boise State player following a season-opening loss. Now Blount is a three-time Super Bowl champion.
“Things happen in life and at the end of the day you realize how grateful you are, especially looking back at how small a percentage of college players make it to where I’ve make it today,” Crosby said.
Entering the draft, Crosby was projected as a second- or third-round pick. He recovered from a foot injury suffered during his junior season and did not allow a sack as a senior.
Crosby tweeted: “4 year starter, voted by pac12 d-line best OL in the pac, no sacks last year, no off field issues… let them sleep.”
Moments later, his cellphone finally came alive as the Lions reached out.
“Though things happened and I might have gone later than I expected, at the end of the day I’m excited to be a Lion,” Crosby said.
Oregon running back Royce Freeman was picked in the third round by the Denver Broncos on Friday night.
Freeman, also a four-year starter, is the Ducks’ all-time leading rusher with 5,621 rushing yards and 60 touchdowns.
“All that durability and all those carries is just reflected in my productivity throughout my four years at Oregon,” Freeman said during his introductory press conference at the Broncos’ facility. “It’s not often you get (college) backs playing this many games or taking that many carries.”
Oregon players who have signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents include long snapper Tanner Carew (Seattle Seahawks) and defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux (New Orleans Saints).
Oregon State running back Ryan Nall, who left the Beavers with a year of eligibility remaining, was signed by the Chicago Bears.