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Can Keion Crossen Be The Next Malcolm Butler For Patriots?

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Can Keion Crossen Be The Next Malcolm Butler For Patriots?

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The New England Patriots let Malcolm Butler depart via free agency this offseason. But they may have a new Cinderella story ready to rise up the cornerback depth chart.

OK, that characterization may be setting the bar impossibly high for seventh-round draft pick Keion Crossen, as going from complete unknown to Super Bowl hero really is a once-in-a-lifetime type of story. Still, if there’s any new addition to the Patriots roster who might fit the Butler mold, it’s Crossen.

At 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, Crossen played his college football at Western Carolina — reminiscent, somewhat, of Butler’s alma mater of West Alabama. There, he recorded three total interceptions and made 165 tackles. He was good … but not good enough to even get a profile or a grade by NFL.com prior to the 2018 draft, and not good enough to get an invite to the combine. But Crossen was good enough to get a chance to work out at the Wake Forest pro day, where he turned heads with a 4.33-second 40 time, and it was enough to warrant interest from the Patriots.

And on Tuesday, in the first practice session of the offseason open to the media, Crossen had himself a rather impressive day, according to those on the scene.






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