he may have been among the fastest of players there, but that's damning him with faint praise. his quickest time was 4.69 in the 40, and that's pretty pedestrian. i'd like a little more speed back there, please.
i don't think he's worth a first overall pick.
and i'd like to see a lot of upper-body strength in my safeties — such as with hitchcock. someone who can rip the ball out, make an arm tackle if need be or carry a receiver on his back for 15 or 20 yards after an interception, as we saw hitchcock do three or four seasons ago.
i know this isn't a popular opinion around here, but i think wayne shaw is an excellent safety — he knocked out two starting quarterbacks last year, didn't get beat deep, is effective on the blitz, can play corner in an emergency (where he is still a coveted 'ratio-buster') and fills in well on the inside seams. he had as good a season as barron miles in b.c.
You're quoting the electronic time for Crawford at the E-Camp there - those are always slower than the hand held times, which I believe are the more tradional 40 times for football - and Crawford had a best 4.53 (2nd fastest) at the recent CFL Combine - I don't know about Hitchcock in his prime's best 40 time, but I doubt it was that fast and IMO he was about the best CFL safety back in the day; Wayne Shaw is a veteran good CFL DB, who can probably play all positions in the D-backfied, and while he's been OK at safety, like to see a bigger hitter/tackler and a guy who makes more INTs there - Shaw might make a great nickel back + a valuable vet presence & back-up at all positions in the D-backfield; Crawford might be a great CFL safety prospect - in addition to his good testing numbers for speed & agility at the E-Camp, he was a league & team leading tackler in the Ivy League in US college ball; the likes of Beveridge, Gauthier and Glavic - bigger DBs - might also emerge as good safeties in real competition - which is a great thing - for/in TC.