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Crabtree could land in Seattle
Posted Feb. 21 at 03:31 AM
If Michael Crabtree runs fast on his pro day, I think he'll wind up being selected No. 4 overall by the Seahawks.
He was very productive at Texas Tech, and Seattle certainly has a need at wide receiver. Nate Burleson is coming of a torn ACL, Bobby Engram is ancient and unsigned, and Deion Branch has had a lot of injury problems. The Seahawks definitely have a need at that position, and where else are they going to fill it? I don't see them busting the bank for T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
There's a feature on Crabtree in today's Seattle Times. In that article, Danny O’Neil reminds everyone that there have been plenty of highly regarded wide receivers who've busted at the pro level, including Reidel Anthony (who was drafted by Seattle's current GM).
Also note that Crabtree isn't as big as folks expected. He was listed at 6-foot-3 last year in college, but he came in a 6-foot-1 at the combine. This happens from time to time. I remember that Charles Rogers was listed as a big receiver at Michigan State -- something like 6-foot-3 or 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds -- but when he came to the Lions he turned into a small guy.
But Crabtree was very productive at Texas Tech. I think he'll be a good pro. Whether he goes in the top 5, I think, will be determined by how fast he runs the 40.
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