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: Arguably the draft's top size/speed prospect. Has the speed to consistently get down the field and is a big-time vertical threat. Is very dangerous with the ball in his hands and has been productive on screens, reverses and after the catch. Possesses good awareness and body control down the field, where he does a good job going up and attacking the ball at its highest point. The Bad: Is more of a one trick pony at this stage and still has a long way to go as a route runner. Really struggles dropping his hips and getting cleanly out of his breaks. Has a tendency to round off his routes and lacks any kind of sharpness as a short and intermediate type route runner.
Positives: Has excellent size with long arms. Comes off the ball hard and can accelerate to top-end speed in a blink. Rare speed to stretch the field and blow past defenders with the slightest misstep. Nice double move. Adjusts to the ball over his shoulder and can track it and haul it in without breaking stride. Good leaping ability - has a 381/2-inch vertical jump. All he needs is a seam as a kickoff returner to go the distance. Can flat-out fly and covers a lot of ground fast. Can be effective on reverses and end-arounds. Tough and can take hits and hold on to the ball. Stalk blocker. Solid character. Good work ethic. Was the fastest athlete at the Combine, clocking under 4.3 on some watches in the 40. Negatives: Has small hands and was not a consistent catcher. Lacks polish in his routes - does not make sharp cuts or sell his routes hard. More fast than quick. Not creative in space - a bit straight-linish and tight in the hips and not overly elusive stringing moves together or avoiding tacklers with quickness. Average overall production. Summary: Elevated his draft stock at the Combine with a superb workout and even better interviews and could draw very early consideration. Consistently drew extra coverage playing with a bad quarterback and frequently was used as a decoy to open up the field. Did not always capitalize on opportunities, but has shown he is more than just a track athlete playing football and possesses big-play ability. Should step into a starting lineup readily as an "X" receiver. Grade: First-round talent.