Mississippi State Football's Jaden Crumedy gives Panthers another run-stopper up front

A second Mississippi State football star is off the board with Jaden Crumedy being drafted by the Panthers.
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A second Mississippi State football player heard his name called in the 2024 NFL Draft. Saturday afternoon defensive tackle Jaden Crumedy was taken by the Cleveland Browns in the 6th round with the 200th overall pick.

Jaden Crumedy was a five-year starter along the Mississippi State defensive line. A big-bodied run-stopper, Crumedy finished his career with 119 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, five pass deflections, one fumble recovery, and one blocked field goal.

Jaden Crumedy gives the Panthers a run-stuffer in the middle

The Carolina Panthers defense stuggled to consistently stop the run in 2023. They were 23rd in the league, allowing 122 rushing yards per game. They added A'Shawn Robinson to give them another quality starter along the defensive interior. Robinson plus Derrick Brown and Shy Tuttle gives them a good group, but they need more depth in that spot.

Jaden Crumedy gives them needed depth at defensive tackle, but he also can help improve their deficiency on defense. Crumedy's best quality is as a run-stopper. He personally is a strong tackler up front, but he can also play the role of a space-eater in the middle to free up space for other lineman and linebackers to swarm to ball-carriers.

And though he's best at stopping the run, Crumedy is capable of acting as a pass-rusher too. He would occasionally line up on the edge at MSU to get pressure on QBs. The Panthers recorded the fewest sacks in the NFL last season, so Crumedy can potentially provide a boost.

Crumedy adds to Mississippi State's case as D-Line U

Over the past decade, Mississippi State has been arguably the best college program at producing defensive line talent. Fletcher Cox just wrapped-up a hall of fame career. Chris Jones is the best defensive tackle in the league. Jeffery Simmons has been a dominant force for the Titans. Preston Smith and Montez Sweat have been incredible pass rushers. And that's not even everyone.

Jaden Crumedy now becomes another Bulldog D-Lineman in the league. It's probably unfair to put the expectations of the aforementioned players on him, but there's no reason he can't give State another quality defender in the NFL.