The Raiders Need Michael Crabtree!

Jason SimmonsCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2009

#The Raiders organization has decided that they are in a rebuilding phase.

I don't understand why fellow fans would want an offensive tackle in the first round. Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe will be taken by the No. 7 pick in the draft, the only guy left would be Andre Smith.

If you have ever watched NFL network, you have seen him at the combine, which he didn't work out at because he wasn't in shape for the most important event in his life. Plus, when you saw him at his pro day, he was still out of shape, his man breasts flinging around while he ran his barely average 40. Also, he is weak, with only 19 reps on the bench. And Michael Oher won't be a great player in the NFL, average at best.

B.J. Raji will most likely be gone, so there won't be another first round defensive tackle until Ron Brace. We will be able to address the D-line in later rounds with solid talent.

The top 10 draft picks are no longer coveted as they once were, because all of the money you would have to invest on a player who has never laid a foot on a field with 21 other pros. But why would a team fill their most needy positions with average, maybe a little better, talent. Jeremy Maclin will be a Kick/Punt-returner and a No. 2-3 receiver on most teams' rosters.

Percy Harvin has better stats running the ball rather than receiving, and will also be a return man at best.

Darrius Heyward-Bey is fast, and that's it. He has never had more than 800 yards receiving, five receiving touchdowns, or 51 receptions in a season.

Hakeem Nicks to me is the second best WR in the draft because he actually had production as a WR in college, not returning punts or kicks. He is exactly the same type of player Michael Crabtree is, except watered down.

Michael Crabtree is the best and safest player in the draft by far, second only to Aaron Curry. But since Curry won't be available at No. 7, the Raiders must take Crabtree. 231 catches in two years next to Hakeem Nicks' 168 in three. 3,100 receiving yards in two years to Nicks' 2,800 in two. 41 touchdowns in two years, compared to Percy Harvin's 32 in three years (receiving and rushing).

I think Crabtree would be better for the Raiders organization than an average OT and an average WR from the later picks in the draft. He can step in and become that No. 1 receiver that the Raiders sorely need. And I hope they can sign Torry Holt or Marvin Harrison to come in and mentor him, so he can be a great player for the Raider Nation.

Get a guy who can be that special kind of player, much like Calvin Johnson. Address other needs such as offensive/defensive tackle, and D-end in later rounds. We don't need an elite O-lineman in the first round for the zone-blocking scheme; it would be a waste!

If he falls to us, he'll be wearing silver & black.


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