Originally posted by LBSI9ers:
Bigger yes, but faster we don't know and no matter what Crabtree was the better college player 10 out of 10 times. Not even close is an inacurrate statement since we don't have a forty time for Crabtree. Sure CJ ran 4.35 at the combine, but with training, Crabtree may have put up a number close to that. Had he put up 4.4 he may have been drafted ahead of CJ based on production in college. CJ was not even close to MC's production.
And BTW, as an aside nothing to do with the question above Fitzgerald is smaller and slower than CJ and he is better than CJ 10 out of 10 times. Same as Rice speed doesn't get it done.
Crabtree was more "productive" in college because of the offense he played in, not because he was a better college WR. Crabtree's "production" was questioned this year because he played in that offense and his college QB went undrafted because teams are smart enough to look past the system and grade the player, so no - his "production" would not have pushed him in front of CJ.
And all you have to do is watch them play a game to know who is faster. Crabtree is a great player, but anybody that has watched him play knows he doesn't have elite speed. CJ, on the other hand, showcased his speed frequently in college.
"And BTW", CJ was seen as the best WR prospect to come out in the past ten years (perhaps ever) by virtually everyone that follows the draft. He was also widely considered the best player in the draft the year he came out. When Fitz went to AZ, on the other hand, it was widely said he went that high because of his connection to Denny Green, not because he was the BPA. He turned out to be great, but saying he would have gone in front of CJ only makes sense when you have the benefit of hindsight. CJ was the better prospect by far.