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MCM Prospect Reviews: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

*I know there is no shot we get Crabtree, but here is what the team who does get him is going to be getting.


Name: Michael Crabtree

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 215

Speed: 4.54


Without a doubt, Michael Crabtree's greatest strength is his ability to make plays. In college, Crabtree was a physically dominant receiver and there were times that he simply over-matched his opponents. Breaking tackles and running over defenders much of his freshman and sophomore years. I think Crabtree's other strength is his hands and it started off as somewhat of a question mark for him as he dropped a game-winning touchdown pass against Oklahoma State two years ago. If there's one thing that Texas Tech receivers are trained to do, it's catch the ball and I would imagine that Crabtree spent many hours catching tennis balls fired out of a machine to improve the ability to concentrate and catch the ball on each and every play. And I would be remiss if I did not discuss what Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach feels is Crabtree's best attribute:

Michael Crabtree is as good as utilizing space as anybody I've dealt with. I guess what I'm saying is coupled with the leeway that we try to give a guy in our scheme, he's just a master of utilizing it, building on it, maximizing it and all the rest. He finds a little crease of space. If he's got to stretch the field, he's going to stretch the field. If he's got to hold the flat, he's going to hold the flat. He's really got a good sense of finding just that little bit space of where he can make the play without busting a route.


Perhaps Crabtree's biggest weakness is his lack of true break-away speed. I'm not so sure that this is a huge weakness as most people think as he's plenty fast to out-run most defenders, but he does not have the elite speed that you associate with top of the draft receivers. If I had to nit-pick, I also think that Crabtree drops a couple of catchable passes during the course of a game, but that's probably too harsh of a criticism as some dropped passes tend to stand out a little more because there's an expection that Crabtree catches everything.

Bottom Line

Obviously, I'm a tad bit biased, but I think any NFL team would be lucky to have Crabtree catching passes, especially for a team with a young quarterback that needs a big, reliable target.

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