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Michael Crabtree WR 6'1 215 Texas Tech So.

By: Robert Davis

Crabtree put together a freshman season for the ages. He had one of the best seasons a college receiver has ever seen. Crabtree led the nation with 134 receptions for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns. He won the Biletnikoff Award for the nations best receiver, was on every All America list, and was named the Big 12 offensive player of the year. Nothing changed as a sophomore, where he caught 93 passes for 1,135 yards and 18 touchdowns while snagging the Biletnikoff Award once again.

Strengths

Crabtree can do it all on the football field. He has an excellent frame with the size to create mismatches against corners, and combines that with fantastic body control. He is an excellent athlete that can go up and get the football in one on one situations, but also has the toughness and tenacity to cross the middle and catch the football despite the contact. Crabtree is also a guy you can get the football to underneath and allow him to make plays with the ball in his hands. He is a go to type receiver and a guy you want to get the ball to as much as possible.

Weaknesses

The only thing Crabtree lacks physically is blazing speed. While it does not prevent him from making plays, he is not simply going to blow by defenders on the field and run away from everyone once he touches the ball. The other concern is the offense he played in was designed to put up big numbers, so there are some questions about whether it is his ability level or the scheme.

Future

Crabtree is the real deal. There will be people that question him because of the Texas Tech offense, but his talent is legit. He has the size, the athleticism, the body control, and good enough speed to make plays in the NFL. A stress fracture in his foot and subsequent surgery has left Crabtree unable to workout before the draft. That does not allow him to ease concerns about his speed, which he needed to do to hear his name called in the top five. There is enough film on him to know he is legit, and that should still allow him to be the top receiver taken, and find a home somewhere in the top ten.


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