No one could have predicted the Oakland Raiders would pick Darrius Heyward-Bey as the 7th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Only Al Davis could have made such an error in judgement. Michael Crabtree, the most prolific and accomplished wide receiver in the history of college football, sits as Oakland selects Darrius Heyward-WHO?
Actually if I were Crabtree, I would have personally thanked Davis for not drafting me to a nightmare of a franchise. But anyway, back to the reasons Heyward-Who will never compare to Crabtree.
Heyward-Bey highlights include lighting up Delaware for 70 yards, 90 yards against Middle Tennessee State, or the 59 yards against the California Golden Bears.
It is easy to say, "Well, they do not throw much at Maryland." That really does not matter. What matters is he has close to 100-yard games against NOBODY U.
Against even decent competition he averages seven yards a catch and 60 yards a game. What Heyward-Bey can do is use his 4.3-speed to run reverses and trick handoffs.
The bad news is that is not going to work in the NFL. Basically to sum up Darrius Heyward-Bey is that he played decently on a mediocre team, which is why Oakland is a perfect fit.
He will fit in well with the sub-par Oakland Raiders, and their sub-par owner.
As for Michael Crabtree, the two-time Biletnikoff winner for the best wide receiver in college football, he will continue to be the playmaker that burned Texas on that final play.
Crabtree is so much more than a 40-time at the combine. The man catches 1,000 tennis balls from a machine after every practice, and he gives credit to his teammates way before he boasts on himself.
I had the opportunity to meet and get to know Crabtree over the last year, and the public image of him is a grand misconception.
A soft-spoken guy, Michael is really shy and is far from flashy. I could list all the NCAA statistical records he has shattered, or the big games he has shown up and been the best receiver.
Or I could say look at Heyward-Bey's highlight reels and then look at Crabtree's highlight reels.
But I will let Crabtree do what he does best, and that's play football. While Heyward-Bey tries to live up to the pressure of being the "one" for Oakland and not Michael Crabtree.
Crabtree will be concentrating on showing the NFL fans and the San Francisco 49ers that they made the right choice when the announcer said, "With the 10th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Michael Crabtree."
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