Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree began the season as a top-10 prospect for the 2009 NFL draft. After another stellar season, Crabtree may now be the top pospect of them all. Get inside for an updated top 100 from our NFL draft partners at the National Football Post.[details]
The Good: Possesses the quintessential physical skill set of an outside speed rusher. Displays natural flexibility and first-step explosiveness off the snap with the length and body control to consistently reach the corner. Showcases a strong swat against tackles on the outside. Displays great length to keep blockers off of his body and sniffs the ball out on the outside. Redirects cleanly in space. Showcases great closing speed when he gets a step. The Bad: His production has never come close to matching his amazing athletic skill set. Takes too many plays off and lacks power and strength in his lower half. Struggles holding the point of attack vs. the run.
Positives: Gains an advantage off the snap with tremendous burst off the edge and long first step. Has long arms with a wingspan like a condor. Is able to knock balls down and disrupt the quarterback's vision. Very naturally athletic and looks and moves like a power forward. Has made an impact on special teams and possesses rare length and elevation to block kicks. Bench-pressed 225 pounds 28 times at the Combine and posted a 381/2-inch vertical jump. Solid character. Negatives: Too tall, struggles to sink his hips and hold his ground against the run. Does not show a desire to play the run and can be blown off the line. Packed it in against better competition. Not a finisher. Has an angular, elongated body and has had trouble gaining weight. Was used as a situational pass rusher his first three years and did not become a starter until his senior season. Suspect stamina - wore down from playing on special teams early in the season and may struggle to sustain a 16-game season. Has a soft football temperament. Durability is a big question given serious injury history and linear frame. Summary: Johnson's physical gifts and pass-rush ability never have been questioned, but huge questions remain about his desire, durability and inability to defend the run on every down. A team blinded by his natural pass-rush ability could pull the trigger in the first round with the intention of using him on third downs from Day One, but Johnson could struggle to be more than a situational pass rusher. Might warrant interest as a rush linebacker. Grade: Second-to-third-round talent.