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    The easy draft answer: Take Crabtree over the QBs

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    Vinnie Iyer from TSN
    Posted: January 26, 2009

    If you're an NFL general manager picking near the top of the 2009 draft, two things immediately should come to mind in the ultimate copycat league.

    The first would be the unprecedented success that last year's two highest-drafted quarterbacks, Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, had as rookies in leading the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens, respectively, to the playoffs.


    The second would be how having one dominant receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, has lifted the Arizona Cardinals all the way to the Super Bowl, in only his fifth season in the league.

    This all applies to April's draft. At quarterback, you're wondering if either Georgia's Matthew Stafford or Southern Cal's Mark Sanchez -- or both -- can be effective right away in reversing your team's fortunes. At wide receiver, you're wondering if Michael Crabtree will eventually come in and do what Fitzgerald is doing.

    The answers to these questions will set the tone for the draft and for a few seasons to come. Experience tells us the correct response is drafting Crabtree over either QB.

    Crabtree (6-3, 208) has much in common with Fitzgerald (6-3, 220). They each have a dazzling combination of size, hands, leaping ability and athleticism. They both dominated their position during their two seasons in college, after which they both were physically ready to move on to the NFL. Fitzgerald and the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson quickly have emerged has arguably the game's two best young receivers, and all signs point to Crabtree joining them to form an elite young trio.

    With every "offensive skill" draft prospect, you can't overlook how the player delivered in the clutch against the highest level of college competition. For Fitzgerald, it was his amazing 18-game touchdown streak. For Johnson, it was putting up nine catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl while working with a second-string QB.

    For Crabtree, there also have been plenty of special moments. In working with quarterback Graham Harrell, he helped make Texas Tech worthy of being mentioned in the same breath with powerhouses Texas and Oklahoma. Of course, nothing stands out more than his last-second, game-winning touchdown catch against the Longhorns last fall.

    The talent is there. The credentials are there. The track record of similarly built and skilled receivers is there. When you're about to invest a gazillion dollars in a top-five pick, Crabtree is much safer than a quarterback.

    History also tells us that approximately half the quarterbacks taken in the first round of the NFL draft turn out to be all-out busts. So even when considering what Ryan and Flacco were able to do, the odds are not with Stafford and Sanchez.

    Like Crabtree, Ryan and Flacco helped raise their college programs to new heights, while Stafford and Sanchez were on teams loaded with talent that fell short of expectations. Stafford never quite won a truly big game, and Sanchez had some trouble winning "little" games. Both quarterbacks' resumes are simply missing that "wow" factor that Crabtree has.

    When you're drafting in the top five, chances are your team needs plenty of help. You'll need to make several good picks throughout the draft and make consistently good free-agent signings if you're to expect an extreme makeover for the better. You might try to trade down from that top-five pick to help stockpile picks, but it's rare another needy team picking later will want to bite.

    So why gamble on a quarterback, the ultimate positional unknown? Go with what you know, and that is Crabtree is bound to be a special NFL receiver.

    If it were any other team but Detroit drafting at No. 1, Crabtree would be the no-brainer first-overall pick. In a fun alternate reality, where the Lions could afford to invest in both Johnson and Crabtree, they would just take their chances with a journeyman quarterback who simply could get the ball to the two elite receivers. With so many needs and a history of whiffing on receivers, however, the Lions don't have the luxury of taking Crabtree. Still, taking a top offensive tackle would be better than either Stafford or Sanchez.

    More likely, the Rams at No. 2 will have the first realistic shot at Crabtree. Their college scouts are wisely pushing for them to select Crabtree over an offensive tackle. Pair Crabtree with second-year speedster Donnie Avery, give him the chance to learn under future Hall of Famer Torry Holt and allow him to help rejuvenate Marc Bulger.
    If the Rams let Crabtree slide, the Chiefs should be ecstatic. Tyler Thigpen played well enough at quarterback to get a long look as the starter in '09. Throw Crabtree into a receiving corps with Dwayne Bowe and age-defying Tony Gonzalez, and you'll bet Thigpen will grow up faster. Also imagine if Fitzgerald's current offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, got to work with that kind of talent as Kansas City's coach next season.

    Seattle has the No. 4 pick, and we know about the Seahawks' constant search for a big, bona fide top receiver. At No. 5, the Browns could get a chance to pair Crabtree with Braylon Edwards. If somehow Crabtree falls five more spots, even the QB-hungry ***** at No. 10 need to get a go-to guy first.

    At all costs, it just doesn't make sense to enter the annual crapshoot at quarterback when Crabtree looks like the catch of all the offensive skill players in the draft.

    For more coverage of the 2009 NFL draft, be sure to visit Sporting News' Pro Football War Room.

    Vinnie Iyer is a staff writer for Sporting News.

    Well .. Let the speculation continue .. Interesting that the Rams scouts are purportedly pushing for Crabtree over an O-lineman .. Thoughts??


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    Re: The easy draft answer: Take Crabtree over the QBs

    I hope that Crabs continues to get alot of hype.

    IMHO the Rams would mostly benefit from trading down and picking up talent later in round 1 and use the extra picks to shore up the line depth and secondary.

    ONlY way the Rams get that done is if we show genuine interest in Crabs and anohter team feels they must have him...

    Go Rams

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    Re: The easy draft answer: Take Crabtree over the QBs

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominating D View Post
    I hope that Crabs continues to get alot of hype.

    IMHO the Rams would mostly benefit from trading down and picking up talent later in round 1 and use the extra picks to shore up the line depth and secondary.

    ONlY way the Rams get that done is if we show genuine interest in Crabs and anohter team feels they must have him...

    Go Rams
    Lets not refer to him as crabs. I don't think Crabtree would like to have a nickname that can be associated with pubic hair lice.

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    Re: The easy draft answer: Take Crabtree over the QBs

    I would be banging my head on the wall next season if this guy fell to seattle. I would not want to play that guy two times a season like we do with fitz and boldin.

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    Re: The easy draft answer: Take Crabtree over the QBs

    Quote Originally Posted by jmk321 View Post
    Lets not refer to him as crabs. I don't think Crabtree would like to have a nickname that can be associated with pubic hair lice.
    OK,,, if the Rams draft him I'll come up with another name to call him.m LOL

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    Re: The easy draft answer: Take Crabtree over the QBs

    Thats pretty interesting stuff how our scouts want Crabtree. Wonder how accurate that is and how he got that info?

    Cough, cough is it smoky in here or is it just me?

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    Re: The easy draft answer: Take Crabtree over the QBs

    Quote Originally Posted by MauiRam View Post

    Well .. Let the speculation continue .. Interesting that the Rams scouts are purportedly pushing for Crabtree over an O-lineman .. Thoughts??
    1. Smokescreen

    2. How long have these scouts been with the team, and if the answer is "longer than Devaney" why haven't they been fired?

    EDIT-I nominate the nickname "jetski" in honor of one post here that compared us drafting him to a homeless man buying a jetski.

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    Re: The easy draft answer: Take Crabtree over the QBs

    Crabtree, holt, avery & s. Jax makes more sence now... Pick up a ol via fa.... We.ll be competing next year for sure

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    Re: The easy draft answer: Take Crabtree over the QBs

    You would be competing to draft Colt McCoy next year because Bulger has another bad year with no pass pro...

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    Re: The easy draft answer: Take Crabtree over the QBs

    Hell add mccoy to that foursome, ill take it!!!

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    Re: The easy draft answer: Take Crabtree over the QBs

    ahhh...the culture losing develops among it's fan base...

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