Recently we've been hearing some negative press about Michael Crabtree's stock, but today - we're getting the other side of the story. If the Seahawks truly are looking for an 'impact' player with the fourth overall pick - Crabtree could be the choice.
Charles Robinson writes that Crabtree's stock is 'unaffected' after all the injuries and 'other concerns'. He also quotes Seahawks head coach Jim Mora as being one of the receivers admirers.
"Seattle Seahawks coach Jim Mora chewed his way through some of the film before heading to the league’s annual meetings in late March – roughly three weeks after Crabtree had successful surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. It left the coach with a realization: the former Texas Tech wide receiver might be the best player in the upcoming NFL draft. And it may not even be that close of a debate." - Charles Robinson, Yahoo.com
He goes on to quote Mora, "With a guy like Michael, he’s put enough great plays on tape that demonstrate not only speed, but explosion, burst, change of direction, elusiveness as a runner after the catch, things like that."
Steve Kelley adds to the debate, suggesting the Seahawks should take Crabtree with the fourth overall pick.
"Memo to Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell: Draft Michael Crabtree. Don't overthink this. Don't sweat the fact you haven't seen him run a 40. Don't worry about the stress fracture in his left foot. He had surgery on March 4. He'll be fine." - Steve Kelley, Seattle Times
Seth Wickersham asks 'What's all the fuss about?' He looks into the injuries and how teams will perceive his in ability to work out. The conclusion? Crabtree's a talented enough receiver to feel confident without a 40 yard dash, without a cone drill or bench press.
"GMs have only two ways to size up Crabtree—talking to him and watching his film. And they've concluded that he's a top-10 pick, broken foot and all." - Steve Wickersham, ESPN
Chad Reuter published a new mock draft today on CBS Sportsline, that had the Seahawks taking Crabtree.
"The addition of 32-year-old WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh does not preclude the Seahawks from taking a offensive playmaker in this draft. Curry would be a fine pick, if available, and RB Beanie Wells is a sleeper." - Chad Reuter, NFL Draft Scout
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