He didn't say much, but what Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree did say, reporters here hung on every word as Crabtree held court for 10 minutes Friday afternoon.
Crabtree said he measured at just over 6-foot-1 and weighed 215 pounds. He'll hold his pro day on March 26 in Dallas, where he'll perform all of the workouts, including the 40-yard dash. Crabtree won't do anything in Indianapolis because he's still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered against Baylor at the end of November. He said he's 90 percent right now.
Crabtree said Seattle is one of the teams who has contacted him, and that he believed he be a good fit for the Seahawks.
Here's the entire transcript of Crabtree's interview.
Q: Why did you decide to come out? Did you just get tired winning Fred Biletnikoff Awards or what?
Crabtree: No, it was based on a family decision.
Q: Was it a hard decision Mike?
Crabtree: We all came together and everybody had the same answer so I just went with going to the next level.
Q: So did your family decide what to do?
Crabtree: We all had a say so in it. It was all good.
Q: Michael talk about the decision that was made to not running the 40 at the combine?
Crabtree: I just started running about four or fives weeks ago. I felt I needed more time to practice what I needed to practice on. So I decided to do everything on my pro day.
Q: How do you feel about the progress you've made over the course of the last four weeks?
Crabtree: I feel very good. I feel like I'm going in the right direction.
Q: Why should anybody question your speed?
Crabtree: There's always going to be questions. I seem to answer them all, so I'm looking forward to answering that question.
Q: Does it surprise you that there's all these questions about how fast you will run? Obviously you ran fast enough to do what you did in college.
Crabtree: No. It doesn't surprise me at all. Like I said, there's some questions to be answered, so I'm going to answer them.
Q: How's your ankle feeling?
Crabtree: I'm really at about 90 percent right now. And I think in about three or four weeks I'll be 100 percent, so there's shouldn't be nothing to worry about.
Q: What did you do to the ankle and did it hinder you at all?
Crabtree: In the Baylor game (Game 12, 11/29) I hurt it and then in the Cotton Bowl I kind of tweaked it. If you seen the game I was coming in and out with the injury. But right now I'm about 95 percent, and I'm looking to be 100 percent in three weeks.
Q: Where have you been working out since the end of the season?
Crabtree: I'm at the Michael Johnson facility. I'm working hard every day, every morning. I'm doing everything – lifting and running.
Q: Can you kind of compare and contrast yourself with Missouri's Jeremy Maclin. You have the size, and he has the speed.
Crabtree: I pretty much don't know too much about Maclin. He played at Missouri. But my focus is on me and how good I can get. That's what I'm focused on right now.
Q: How do you feel you'll make the adjustment from the spread to a more pro-style offense?
Crabtree: It's really not too hard. We did blocking. We did a lot of routes. That's probably an advantage over a regular receiver is running all of those routes. And the only thing I have to adjust to is probably blocking, which I've been working real hard on that. At the end of the season last year I had a good blocking season, so it shouldn't be a problem.
Q: Are glad to see Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach sign his contract yesterday?
Crabtree: Oh yeah. I had a lot of people asking me questions abut Leach. But I'm glad everything is situated.
Q: How do you feel about all the comparison's to Larry Fitzgerald?
Crabtree: That's a great player, man. Any time you get compared to a great player it must be something good. But I like to break down a lot of guys to make one person. So not just Fitgerald, but probably Fitzgerald, Steve Smith, Chad Johnson – I would put all of those guys together.
Q: What do you have to learn before making the step to the next level?
Crabtree: I'm looking forward to gaining a lot of knowledge of the game, not just physical appearance. The knowledge is going to be a big key to the next level, and I'm looking to take on that challenge.
Q: What kinds of questions have the teams been asking you?
Crabtree: Pretty much the same questions you guys ask.
Q: Can you comment on (Texas Tech quarterback) Graham Harrell?
Crabtree: He's a very accurate passer. You can't find too many passers like Graham Harrell. He's a good player. He's a good guy to be around, on and off the field. He's a good quarterback."
Q: Did you think about playing basketball growing up?
Crabtree: That was my whole intension, to play two sports. But it never worked out like that.
Q: Is that why you went to Tech, because they'd let you play two sports?
Q: Were other schools offering you basketball scholarships?
Crabtree: Yes. All the schools I had in my top five were supposed to be dual sports.
Q: Why didn't you play basketball at Tech?
Crabtree: To tell you the truth, it's harder than you think. I got done playing football and I was too tired to even go to the court.
Q: How did your basketball background help you as a receiver?
Crabtree: You know how you've got to box out? When you're going against a cornerback I'm boxing him out. Also quickness. You've got to have a lot of quickness on the court.
Q: Would have liked to play for Bob Knight?
Crabtree: Ah, man. (Laughs). There was a lot going on those years. A lot of highlights on ESPN. Bobby Knight, man, he's a great coach.
Q: You were a quarterback in high school; did you go to Tech with that in mind?
Crabtree: I was a wide receiver from the start.
Q: You were a QB in high school?
Crabtree: I was. A two-year starter.
Q: Did being a QB help you as a receiver?
Crabtree: Especially knowledge. Coverages, identifying coverages.
Q: Are there any concerns you have about playing in the NFL?
Crabtree: Not at all. I'm just looking to take that big challenge. I'm looking forward to it.
Q: What's the most fun aspect of football for you?
Crabtree: Just waking up, getting ready to play. Even getting dressed to get on the field. As soon as I come out of that tunnel, I'm so excited just to get on the field. I can't even explain it to you.
Q: What did you think when you saw the replay of the late touchdown against Oklahoma?
Crabtree: If you look back on it, the year before that - the Oklahoma State game - I missed one. I felt if I ever had that chance again that I was going to take on that great challenge and go to that end zone and never look back.
Q: Could you believe you got into the end zone?
Crabtree: To tell you the truth, me and Graham practiced a game-winner about 15 times in a row one day. Just me and him in the summer. The same play I dropped at Oklahoma State. We went over it, rehearsed it and rehearsed it. Then when the situation came, we took advantage of it.
Q: Has Seattle talked to you, and how to feel about fitting in there?
Crabtree: Seattle. It's a good look. I'm looking forward to - whoever picks me - just doing the best I can to better myself and show everybody what I've got.
Q: What can you offer to a team?
Crabtree: There's a lot of things I can offer to a team. Quickness. Speed. Knowledge. On and off the field, just a great person."
Q: Some have you ranked as the best player in the draft, are you?
Crabtree: I'm working hard everyday to be the best player in the draft.
Q: In your mind, are you?
Crabtree: In my mind, I am. I have to think like that. If I don't, then I'll just be another player.
Q: What teams have you talked to?
Crabtree: The Lions. Seattle. St. Louis. The Saints. A variety of teams. I kind of lost count of them."
Q: Is that a draining process?
Crabtree: No. It's a chance to get to know people, and people to get to know me. I just take advantage of it.
Q: Is your goal to be the No. 1 overall pick?
Crabtree: That's the goal.
Q: Why should you be the No. 1 pick?
Crabtree: I don't have a reason for them to pick me, but I'm going to work hard every day to better myself and to present myself to them the best way I can."