After a quiet last few weeks, suddenly Michael Crabtree is amongst the headlines again. After being linked with every other top five prospect recently, now it's the turn of the Texas Tech receiver to get mentioned as a prospective number four pick. I think today can be officially named 'Crabtree Tuesday'.
Ralph Vacchiano from the New York Daily News is linking Crabtree to the Seahawks. Vacchiano reports, "The Seattle Seahawks could take Crabtree at four — a very strong possibility, I was told from an NFL source."
Michael Steffes passes on news of a report from ESPN's Jim Trotter today, who insinuated head coach Jim Mora had a "man crush" on Crabtree. Allegedly, the Seahawks created a highlights video of Texas Tech run plays to watch Crabtree's blocking.
Eric Williams asks the question, "Is Crabtree too good to pass up?" Williams quotes Rob Rang in his article, with the draft guru rating Crabtree as one of the best four prospects in the draft. He also raises questions about his ability to cope with fame - shedding light on the character concerns expressed by some recently.
ESPN is reporting that Crabtree's foot injury is almost fully recovered. The receiver saw his comeback from a metatarsal break as a chance to show his determination, "I feel like when things are going too smooth, there's something wrong. [The injury] was nothing but a challenge to me."
Dan Patrick interviewed Crabtree recently and the receiver confidently suggested he could run a 4.4 forty yard dash. It's unlikely, but talk of his slow times are over done. I think he's a solid 4.6 runner, which isn't elite speed but importantly - it's fast enough.
Mel Kiper and Todd McShay discuss the latest draft news on their weekly podcast. Kiper cites Crabtree as being second on his big board but asks, "How can they (Seattle) not take Sanchez?"