Newstribune.com is reporting that Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree has been advised not to participate in the 40 yard dash at this month's NFL Scouting Combine.
Let me be the first to go on record as saying that Michael Crabtree is about to do a the electric slide down the draft board. We have seen this before, and we have seen it recently. Just last season, Malcolm Kelly was a top-ten pick as well. After opting not to run at the combine, and then posting a less than favorable time at Oklahoma's Pro-Day, Kelly did not hear his name called until midway through the 2nd round.
Doesn't a player's decision not to run at the combine say something about his competitive nature? I'm not interested in how fast you are in your own custom conditions. I want to know if you are fast when you roll out of bed. Are you fast in Green Bay in December? Are you fast in Miami in a monsoon?
Judging from Crabtree's average body composition, I would not expect him to exactly dominate the bench press at the combine either. We have seen in the past that a bad combine can change your fate, no matter what you look like on tape.
With that said, I hope Jerry doesn't get any bright ideas when he see's him sitting there in the 20's. Remember, last year had zero first round wideouts, so don't be surprised if he is still sitting there in the latter part of the first round. I dont want anything to do with him, we've got enough 6'3" dudes and doesn't do a lot of very special things on tape.
Resist the urge Jerry, stay the course.