Ten Reasons Darrius Heyward-Bey May Be Better than Michael Crabtree

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Ten Reasons Darrius Heyward-Bey May Be Better than Michael Crabtree

A quick breakdown of infinite possibilities, a preview of two of the most talked about characters in the 2009 NFL Draft: This article looks at the intangibles, the unpredictables, and the talent surrounding the two top wide receiver choices of the draft.

Despite popular belief, I think Darrius Heyward-Bey can outproduce his counterpart Michael Crabtree, even though he's in Oakland.

When you break down the last six years of win/loss on the two teams, you see a difference of five games, a slight tilt towards the 49ers. Both teams, however, finished their 2008 campaigns showing signs of improvement in a major way.

Both of these men could end up being the face of not only their teams, but also of the NFL for many years to come. Both have tremendous upside, both could be All-Pros at their position, and both could repeatedly be Pro Bowlers.

DHB brings his brand of block-first, catch balls later with help from play-action passes, and blazing speed that will require teams to keep a safety deep.

This will allow the Raiders to run the ball with their three-headed monster backfield of Justin Fargas, Darren McFadden, and Michael Bush.

With a new lead blocker for a fullback, 17-year All-Pro Lorenzo Neal, opening lanes, you could very well be looking at the NFL's top rushing team. We know JaMarcus Russell hopes that is the case, as it would help his progression into a premier league quarterback.

On the flip side, Michael Crabtree's "I'll catch anything that comes near me" mentality could lead to some huge plays for a relatively weak 49ers offense, which relies heavily on the feet of Frank Gore.

Crabtree's speed is a question mark, as he didn't run at the combine or his pro day. Many speculate it to be in the 4.5 range.

While there is no doubt about his hands, there is a reason to speculate whether or not he can get open field to work with to make those catches outside the realm of a spread offense.

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