Eric Crocker, listed at 6’2” 195 Lbs., grew up in the rough patches of Stockton, California. Choosing to separate himself from the crime-infested city, Eric turned to sports to guide him through the early stages of his life.
Eric played high school football and participated in track at Tokay High School in Lodi, California. After high school, Eric attended San Joaquin Delta College, which is when he had his son “Juice”. Eric took a break from school and football until he gained the motivation to return to school and football again. He then enrolled into Modesto Junior College where he made the Dean’s List for the first time in his entire life, also earning him a scholarship to the University of Arkansas-Monticello. Unfortunately, we were unable to obtain any statistics from his high school and college play.
In 2012, Eric Crocker went undrafted and ultimately signed with the San Antonio Talons of the AFL. Last year with the Talons, Crocker had 60 tackles, 13 pass deflections, 3 INTs, 3 fumble recoveries, and 2 forced fumbles. Eric’s 60 tackles were ranked 4th best on the team, 13 pass deflections ranked 2nd on the team, 3 fumble recoveries ranked T-1st on the team, 2 forced fumbles ranked T-2nd on the team, and 3 INTs ranked 3rd on the team. He was definitely a major help to the Talons' efforts to win their division. It may be the AFL, but Eric has 1 game of playoff experience under his belt entering the NFL.
During the 2013 off-season, the New York Jets invited Eric Crocker to participate in their off-season workouts. He will have to scratch and claw his way onto the 53-man roster. Being an undrafted free agent, Eric said “the biggest obstacle is, being an undrafted free agent; you start from the bottom and have to prove you can play.” On whether Eric feels he is still in “audition mode”, “I'm definitely still in audition mode and never want to take any opportunity for granted. I'm a small school guy, coming from Arena 1, and every rep/snap is an audition for the rest of my football career.”
Here’s a direct quote from Andrew (@AndrewCfran), “A former undrafted free agent and Arena League player, Crocker was brought into camp to compete for a DB position on the Jets' roster. Though it will not be easy for him to make the team, Crocker has shown both passion and a desire to improve.”
Here’s a direct quote from Gerard (@GerardEff), "Coming out of arena football, Crocker, 26, must have sparked something in Rex's eye. It could've been the 60 tackles, 13 passes defended, 3 picks or 2 forced fumbles. But whatever it is, he can be a solid DB in a shifty Ryan package. With those numbers, I'd be happy with him on the field with Cromartie and Milliner.”
Here’s a direct quote from Zach (@nyjetsfanZB), “Eric Crocker has been overlooked by many teams coming from a small school, which could be a mistake. He has potential to be a good player in the league, he has a bright future.”
Here’s a direct quote from Brian (@bjj50), "Eric, or 'Crock,' as his acquaintances call him, has a major opportunity to make the Jets' opening day roster, despite the depth at CB. His versatility to play CB or S, has been recognized by the Jets coaching staff, and he was able to grab an interception during the Green and White scrimmage. Plays like that can propel a guy up a few spots over other competitors."
Eric’s hard work, dedication, and willingness to learn will take him very far in this league. As Eric said himself, being an undrafted free agent is his biggest obstacle. He has travelled along a very rocky road until this point, which makes his drive and motivation that much stronger. If Eric Crocker makes the 53-man roster, it will be the epitome of “started from the bottom, now we here."
I believe Eric Crocker will make the 53-man roster and will contribute to the Jets defense as a nickel/dime DB.