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Michael Crabtree Vs. Darrius Heyward-Bey: Great Receiver Or Bust

SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 01:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on at practice during the 49ers Minicamp at their training facilities on May 1, 2009 in Santa Clara, California. Crabtree was the 49ers first round draft pick.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
QBNCGRSContributor IMay 21, 2009

The last two weeks I have read article after article comparing Crabtree to DHB. What it seems to me is the Raider Nations is trying to justify this pick.


First off let's take a look at their college stats. Yes we know one came from a Spread Offence the other from a Pro Style Offence.

Michael Crabtree: 2008 Stats Receptions (97), Yards (1,165), TD (19). Reception avg. 8, Yards avg. 97, TD avg. 1.5.


Darrius Heyward-Bey:  2008 Stats Receptions (42), Yards (609), TD (5). Reception avg. 3.5, Yards avg. 50.75, TD avg. .41.


2008 Top NFL Receiver:  2008 Stats Receptions (115), Yards (1575), TD (8). Reception avg. 7.8, Yards avg. 98.43, TD avg. .50.


Which one was a better receiver? Crabtree in a Spread Offence has stats like a NFL Top Receiver. DHB in a Pro Style Offence didn't even come close.


So tell me why do all these articles insult Crabtree? Yes, he hasn't played a down in the NFL, but don't you think he has earned some respect? Why is DHB being put up on a pedestal just because of speed? 


Yes DHB is fast but so was Matt Jones, and ask the Jaguars how that turned out. What did the 49ers get in Crabtree? They picked a receiver who will make plays, and help them win games. Remember at the end it is all about "W".


Now that doesn't mean DHB is a bust, he may help the Raiders win games. We won't know until we see him in action at the Pro level. You just can't compare these two receivers.


So Raider Nation just accept it!! DHB was your pick!! Crabtree was ours, and when the season starts we will see who the top receiver will be.




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