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Duke’s Jamison Crowder selected by Washington Redskins in NFL Draft

Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder, from left, running back Josh Snead and guard Laken Tomlinson are congratulated by fans after Duke beat Virginia 20-13 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, Sept. 18, 2014.
Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder, from left, running back Josh Snead and guard Laken Tomlinson are congratulated by fans after Duke beat Virginia 20-13 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, Sept. 18, 2014. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Jamison Crowder didn’t have to wait long to hear his name called in the NFL Draft Saturday afternoon.

Crowder, the ACC record holder for career completions, was drafted by the Washington Redskins, who used the sixth pick of the fourth round (105 overall) on him.

Crowder, at 5-foot-8, 185 pounds, projects as a slot receiver in the NFL. He will likely also serve as a return man for the Redskins’ special teams unit, as he has the short-space quickness and speed to elude would-be tacklers.

At Duke, Crowder caught 283 passes for 3,641 yards and 23 touchdowns. He added four punt-returns touchdowns as well, and was voted first-team all-ACC as a receiver and return specialist. He was also frequently praised by Cutcliffe for his work ethic in practice—as Cutcliffe would frequently say, it’s an ideal combination when one of a team’s best players is also one of its hardest workers, too.

With Crowder’s selection in the fourth round and offensive guard Laken Tomlinson going in the first round to the Detroit Lions, the Blue Devils had multiple draft picks for the first time since 2004.

East Carolina wide receiver Justin Hardy went two picks after Crowder to the Atlanta Falcons (107 overall).

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