NFL Draft Preview – Michael Crabtree

Apr 17, 2009
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Michael Crabtree put together one of the finest two-year stretches in NCAA history.  As a Freshman at Texas Tech he caught an amazing 134 passes for 1962 yards and 22 TDs.  Last year he grabbed 97 passes for 1165 yards and 19 TDs.  He caught at least a TD pass in 21 of 26 games with 13 multiple TD games.  He had 100+ yards in 15 games.  He is the only player to win the Fred Biletnikoff Award as a Freshman.  He actually won it both years.

Crabtree has good size at 6’2″, 215 Lbs.  A stress fracture in his foot kept him from showing his speed at the combine and his Pro Day, but he hasn’t slid down too many draft boards.  Speed isn’t everything.  Crabtree has displayed the necessary skills to be a successful receiver.  NFLDraftScout.com’s Frank Cooney sums it up best by saying “Crabtree understands the nuances that most players take years to hone. His combination of abilities and instincts is shocking and reminiscent of Larry Fitzgerald — including start-stop, body control, hand-eye coordination, positioning, aggressive run-after-catch and some that defy description. And all this talent comes in a wide receiver who has a great team attitude. He may not impress with his clock time in 40 yards. But neither did Fitzgerald or Jerry Rice.”  Talk about high praise.

Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #5 to the Browns

WalterFootball.com:  #4 to the Seattle Seahawks

Draft King:  #4 to the Seattle Seahawks

Consensus Draft Services:  #7 to the Oakland Raiders

The Football Expert:  #7 to the Oakland Raiders

War Room Report:  #8 to the Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL Draft Scout:  #1 ranked WR

If I had to guess where Crabtree would end up, I’d say Cleveland at this point.  Braylon Edwards appears to be on his way out and Donte Stallworth could miss time to suspenson/jail time.

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