UNH’s Crossan has eyes on Patriots as draft approaches

  • UNH?s Dalton Crossan carries the ball to the out side during Saturday's game against Maine at Cowell Stadium. Shawn St.Hilaire/Fosters.comUNH’s Dalton Crossan cuts around the right end for some of his 85 rushing yards in the Wildcats’ win over Maine.

By Monitor staff
Friday, April 07, 2017

Apparently, UNH running back Dalton Crossan has his eyes on the New England Patriots. And, according to multiple reports, the Patriots are looking at Crossan, too.

The versatile 23-year-old worked out for the team this week, according to NESN reporters Doug Kyed and Zack Cox. Crossan, who racked up 5,189 all-purpose yards over four seasons with the Wildcats, talked about being compared to Julian Edelman in a story published on NESN.com Friday.

“I think a lot of people have been comparing me to guys like Julian Edelman,” Crossan told NESN. “But I can also run the ball out of the backfield. I think I’m a little bit bigger than he is weight-wise, and obviously, I’m very comfortable doing a lot of running back stuff, whether it’s picking up a blitz or running off-tackle, running outside, whatever it is.”

Crossan wasn’t invited to the NFL combine, but the times he posted in the same exercises at UNH’s pro day would’ve landed him in the top 10 of this year’s running back class for every exercise. He would’ve finished first in the 20-yard shuttle and third in the three-cone drill, according to NESN, while his 40 time of 4.46 would’ve ranked fourth.

If Crossan is overlooked in the NFL Draft, which gets underway April 27 in Philadelphia, he can sign with any team that wants him as an undrafted free agent.