Posted Thu Aug 13th by Mr.East
I know… I can’t get over it. I had to write another article.
Q: What is the difference between Mr. East and Michael Crabtree?
A: Mr. East will be at the Niners-Broncos game on Friday.
I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft Michael Crabtree has threatened to hold out for an entire year and enter the 2010 draft if he doesn’t get more money than the seventh overall pick Darrius Heyward-Bey. I find it ridiculous that he refuses to respect the NFL slotting system. Should Terrell Davis had asked for first round money because he knew he was better than the 6th round? Of course not.
However there is a huge flaw in Mr. Crabtree’s threat. If the Niners so choose to let him pout and enter next year’s draft they will still own the right to his soul NFL career up until the next draft. This means a few things.
- Crabtree cannot attend the 2010 combine without the permission of the Niners prior to draft day.
- Crabtree cannot workout for other teams without the permission of the Niners prior to draft day.
- Crabtree cannot release any of his workout results such as the forty yard dash without the permission of the Niners prior to the draft.
- Crabtree will most likely be ranked lower than at least three receivers in the 2010 draft.
2010 Draft wide receiver reports after the jump. Currently the ninth overall, B.J. Raji, and eleventh overall, Aaron Maybin, remain unsigned. Their main reason is that they could cash out big if Crabtree gets his way. Hopefully if they move on without his contract in the books they could give the Niners more leverage.
Seriously, who wants to take their chances on a guy who was greedy enough to pull such a foolish act? Crabtree will lose out on being a top 10 pick in the 2010 draft, which in turn will not get him the big contract he’s looking for. He’s also not doing any favors to already “sterling” reputation wideouts have in the league nowadays.
Let’s take a look at the 2010 Draft prospects at the wide receiver position.
- Height: 6’1 — Weight: 190
- 2007: Sat out due to transfer rules. Transfered from Arkansas.
- 2008: 58 catches, 869 yards, 4 TDs.
- Big game factor with 10 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown in the Rose Bowl in 2008.
- Videos: Take a look here.
- Height: 6’2 — Weight: 210
- 2007: 43 catches, 622 yards, 6 TDs.
- 2008: 87 catches, 1,480 yards, 19 TDs.
- Averaged 17 yards per catch in 2008. He also averaged over 20 yards per catch in 4 games in 2008 as well.
- Videos: Take a look here and here.
- Height: 6’2 — Weight: 215
- 2007: 54 catches, 676 yards, 2 TDs.
- 2008: 67 catches, 1055 yards, 3 TDs.
- Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2007. Benn is the real deal.
- Videos:Take a look here and here.
If all of these guys go into the draft for 2010 I don’t see a way anyone would take Crabtree over them. The kid won’t have played for a year. This holdout appears to be serious and may last into September. For Crabtree’s sake he should stop being an idiot, respect the slotting system, and get on the field. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want Mike Singletary to make him cry… again.
Small observation. Does anyone else notice the increased creativity in NFL rookie names? Knowshon, Shonn, Dez, Arrelious, etc. Seriously, these names don’t even register with spell check. These computers need to get with it. Another small observation. What’s up with the 15 receivers? Well just two… for now. For “in stadium” updates for the game on Friday, follow me on Twitter, Mr_East_BT.