If the Seattle Seahawks are looking for a player to immediately help them win now, Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree fits the bill.
He's quick, explosive and has good hands, evidenced by his college-record 231 receptions, 41 of which went for touchdowns. And there would not be as much pressure on Crabtree to perform with veteran receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch and Nate Burleson already in the fold.
There have been questions about his speed, particularly after a cracked bone was discovered in his left foot. Crabtree had his foot surgically repaired, and told Dan Patrick that he could run a 4.4 40-yard dash now in this audio link.
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During the interview Crabtree said he's met and went out to dinner with Seattle Seahawks staff.
Seattle could put Crabtree in a 10-play package each game, and also let him return punts and kicks so that you know he will get touches every game. Drafting Crabtree isn't necessarily a need, but after what happened to the Seahawks receiving corps in 2008, GM Tim Ruskell certainly will mull over the decision to draft a playmaker like Crabtree.
Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, breaks down the receivers and tight ends Seattle might take a look at in this year's draft.
Wide receivers to consider
Round Pick Name
1 4 Michael Crabtree, 6-1, 215, Texas Tech
Rob's rationale: Crabtree is among the four best pure talents in this draft. Highlights.
2 37 Hakeem Nicks, 6-1, 212, North Carolina
Rob's rationale: Lacks elite speed, but good size, physicality and hands. Highlights.
4 105 Kenny McKinley, 6-1, 189, South Carolina
Rob's rationale: Productive, and Ruskell has an affinity for SEC receivers. Highlights. Combine workout.
5 137 Brandon Gibson, 6-1, 206, Washington State,
Rob's rationale: Slow times could drop him, but good route-runner Seattle knows well. Highlights.
Tight Ends to consider
Round Pick Name
1 4 Brandon Pettigrew, 6-6, 263, Oklahoma State
Rob's rationale: Not a value here, but among the best blocking TEs I've ever seen. Highlights.
2 37 Jared Cook, 6-5, 246, South Carolina
Rob's rationale: Not a position of need, but an explosive downfield target. Highlights.
4 105 Richard Quinn, 6-4, 264, North Carolina
Rob's rationale: Blocking specialist is rising up the charts as draft approaches. Combine workout.
5 137 Cameron Morrah, 6-4, 244, California
Rob's rationale: Athletic junior that should have returned for his senior season. Highlights. Combine workout.
6 178 Kory Sperry, 6-5, 238, Colorado State
Rob's rationale: Three-time all-conference pick is more of an H-back at next level. Combine workout.