Are the Cleveland Browns Bluffing on Michael Crabtree

Brad SmithContributor IApril 23, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  Football player Michael Crabtree poses for a portrait on April 21, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images for Subway)

After Michael Crabtree visited the Cleveland Browns last week a report surfaced last week from Tony Grossi's blog that Cleveland was no longer interested in Crabtree and they have taken him off their draft board.

Grossi sited an unnamed source, stating that Crabtree was "not nice" during his visit to Cleveland.

One can't help but notice that a major area of need for Cleveland is at the wide receiver, as their top two receivers may not be on the team when the season begins.  Between Donte Stallworth's legal troubles and daily trade rumors for Braylon Edwards, it appears Cleveland is poised to take a wide receiver in the draft.

It seems hard to believe that the Browns new coach Eric Mangini hasn't taken some notes from his time spent with Bill Belichick, and is setting up a smoke screen before the draft.

Crabtree is noted by most as the best receiver in the draft and would make a nice replacement in the event Edwards gets traded away.  The closer we get to the draft, the more smoke is blown, and this looks like one of the easiest to point out.