WR Michael Crabtree Falls to the Niners at the 10 Spot

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The Niners got a gift on Saturday with wide out Michael Crabtree falling to the team with the #10 pick in the NFL Draft. Some had Crabtree being the top wide out, but the Raiders stopped that with the selection of Darrius Heyward-Bey with the #7 pick.

Crabtree is 41 career touchdowns, and despite a recent foot surgery, he’s a burner and should fill the void nicely. He’ll be taught by future HOF WR Isacc Bruce until he takes over the role of the teams top wide out.

Here’s the story on Crabtree from Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
Very good height and bulk with long arms…Excellent hands…Good concentration and will make the difficult catch…Outstanding body control…Terrific ball skills…Tremendous leaper who high-points the ball…Does a great job of running after the catch…Doesn’t go down easily…Physical and aggressive…Tough and not afraid to go over the middle…Nice feet and works the sidelines well…Quick off the line…Does all the little things as a route runner…Understands how to get open…Good athleticism…Very competitive…Hard worker…Good teammate with solid football intangibles…Extraordinarily productive.

Weaknesses:

Lacks great timed speed…Does not get a lot of separation…Played in an unorthodox offense that pumped up his numbers and didn’t require him to run a lot of NFL routes…Will get contested vertically…Still has room to improve as a blocker…Has issues with ball security…Health and durability may be concerns…Just two years of playing experience.

Notes:

Entered the draft after his redshirt sophomore season…One of the most prolific receivers in the history of college football…Actually played quarterback in high school…Became the first two-time winner of the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best wideout (2007 and 2008)…Led the nation in receptions (134), receiving yards (1,962) and touchdowns (all NCAA freshman records) in 2007 and was a consensus All-American…Named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2007…Also earned numerous All-American honors in 2008…Played with an ankle injury in ’08…During the Scouting Combine medical exams doctors discovered a stress fracture in his left foot, which required surgery and 6-10 weeks of rehabilitation, and as a result he will be unable to work out for teams prior to the draft…Has just about everything you look for except elite speed…A sure-fire Top 10 pick who profiles as a legitimate #1 wide receiver at the next level.

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