Player information about the #10 selection of all the NFL Football Draft picks. Read our 2009 NFL Football rookie preview on Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree from Texas Tech to the San Francisco 49ers.
2009 #10 Pick:
San Francisco 49ers -
Michael Crabtree (WR, Texas Tech)
With the tenth overall pick of the 2009 draft the San Francisco 49ers chose the 6’2”, 215 lbs. wide receiver out of Texas Tech. The 49ers grab the highlight reel of the draft. Crabtree is a total playmaker with innate talent for catching the ball. He should make an immediate impact in the NFL.
Crabtree rewrote the record books in his short time on the college gridiron. He only played 26 games but made the most of that time. He averaged over 1 and a half touchdowns a game with 1.58. In 2 years he caught 41 touchdown passes. Being a wide receiver was a college experience for Crabtree. In high school he threw for 870 yards his senior season as a quarterback. Switching to wide receiver without a hitch, Crabtree was the best receiver in the country 2 years in a row.
Crabtree is an all-around receiver. He is a big player who can use his body to position himself for the pass. He uses his breakaway speed to get separation from a defender at the line. Crabtree also possesses great hands. He can catch the ball anywhere in the air around him and works to quickly secure it with his body. A smart player and a good teammate, Crabtree works hard to get the win.
If Crabtree has any downside, it’s that he doesn’t posses elite speed. Most cornerbacks in the NFL have more speed than at the college level. He will have to work on his quickness and his routes to catch passes in the NFL. Crabtree also needs to work on his downfield blocking. These downsides are small when talking about the best playmaker in the draft.
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