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: A big, physically built defensive end with good power and stack-and-shed ability. Consistently holds the point of attack outside and can set the corner. Has long arms and good suddenness as a pass rusher. Likes to get into tackles and uses his base strength and lateral mobility to push the pocket and shed blocks. Offers a lot of versatility to a defense. The Bad: Lacks an explosive first step off the edge and will never be a sack artist at the next level. Lacks any kind of pass rush variety and is simply a push/pull type of rusher. Doesn't display much closing speed when he disengages.
Positives: Possesses natural strength to set the edge and handle the double-team. Excellent size to leverage the run and stack the corner. Does not give ground often. Athletic for a big man and moves well for his size. Plays with good balance and does not spend much time on the ground. Rips off blocks with strong, active hands and demonstrates good coordination with his feet. Uses his long arms to disrupt a quarterback's vision and has a knack for batting down balls. Durable. Negatives: Motor runs hot and cold. Instincts are off and does not always find the ball or shed quickly enough to make plays. Lacks explosion and is by no means an upfield, speed rusher off the edge. Struggles to recover when out of position or off balance. Finishing ability leaves something to be desired. Was used primarily to occupy blocks and did not make an abundance of plays. Played on one of the most talented defensive lines in college football, and action was funneled to him. Legs appear thin and needs to spend more time in the weight room and get stronger. Summary: Rebounded from a disappointing junior season to prove his worth as a versatile lineman at the next level. Not flashy but can be very efficient doing the dirty work. Is more versatile than extraordinarily talented or creative and warrants interest from a variety of teams - capable of playing the five-technique in a 3-4 front or serving as a base left end in a 4-3 front. Could bring the most value as a nickel rusher from the inside. Grade: First-round talent.