With their second selection of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys addressed the defensive line with a raw and gifted athlete in Tyrone Crawford in the third round (81st overall). While with the Cowboys, the team will look to use his talent and size to the advantage of the defensive line rotation as he adapts to the pro game. During his final two collegiate seasons at Boise State, Crawford collected 76 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 27.5 tackles for loss, two quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries – including one for a 32-yard touchdown – and blocked two kicks while starting 11-of-25 contests. Crawford began his collegiate career at Bakersfield, Calif., Junior College where he totaled 80 tackles, 14.0 sacks, 27 tackles for loss, six quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in two seasons.
• Earned All-American Dream Team honors from The NFL Draft Report and was named All-Western Athletic Conference first-team by the league's coaches as a senior.
• Part of a defensive line that led the WAC and ranked 17th nationally in run defense (110.0 yards-per-game) and first in the WAC in scoring defense (18.69 points per game; 12th in the country) and total defense (320.85 yards per game; 16th in the country).
• Started 11 games while leading the team – tied for fourth in the WAC – with 6.5 sacks.
• Also paced the Broncos with 13.5 tackles for loss, which ranked third in the conference, while also tallying 44 tackles, two quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, returning one for a touchdown, and a blocked kick.
• Played in all 13 games as a reserve weak-side defensive end during his first season at Boise State.
• Received All-America honorable mention from Sports Illustrated.
• Finished second on the squad with 7.0 sacks and tied for the team lead with 13.5 tackles for loss.
• Recorded 32 tackles with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a pass deflection and a blocked kick.