Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Is Crabtree Still "The Pick"?

by: William P. Tomisser

John McGrath of the News Tribune thinks that Michael Crabtree is still the pick to take come April in the annual NFL draft in which the Seahawks have the 4th pick, their highest pick in over a decade. He wrote an article about it that is worth a read especially if you're a Crabtree fan.

McGrath writes that Crabtree was listed as the sure pick of the Seahawks before the combine and then after having it was revealed that he has a hairline fracture in his foot and that he is two inches shorter than advertised, it all of a sudden became more doubtful that the Seahawks would take him. What should the Seahawks do? Writes McGrath:

Stay the course, is what to do. Crabtree, who will work out in front of scouts next month, hasn’t dropped a spiral since he showed up at the combine. He hasn’t lost a step. He’s still the same guy who in two college seasons caught 231 passes and scored 41 touchdowns.

If Crabtree was the player the Seahawks were focused on before the combine, he should still be of high interest to the team. I would suspect that they will be paying special attention to his workout in March if he does indeed run as he's promised to do before having surgery to correct the fracture by having screws placed in his foot.

Crabtree has stated that the injury is a year old and that it doesn't cause him any pain or discomfort. Some of his closest professional associates have advised him against running and taking a chance on exacerbating the injury so we'll just have to see how it all pans out. A good workout and especially a good 40 time should alleviate most doubts since the injury is one that traditionally heals without any after effects.

What say you Crabtree supporters?