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Who Would You Say Michael Crabtree Compares to in the NFL?

Originally posted by NeeJ49er:
He's a combo of Keyshawn Johnson and Ed McCaffrey ....Crabs is a big target that is very reliable in short yardage situations ..he is a chain moving WR thats for sure ...until we see him make some plays deep downfield , we really cant compare him to any deep strike WR's, but I'm satisfied with his development, at least you cant say he is a bust

This. While nobody will call Crabtree an elite WR you can't say that he isn't good either.
Originally posted by goodthings19:
Originally posted by NeeJ49er:
He's a combo of Keyshawn Johnson and Ed McCaffrey ....Crabs is a big target that is very reliable in short yardage situations ..he is a chain moving WR thats for sure ...until we see him make some plays deep downfield , we really cant compare him to any deep strike WR's, but I'm satisfied with his development, at least you cant say he is a bust

This. While nobody will call Crabtree an elite WR you can't say that he isn't good either.

Exactly ...the game against the Cardinals showed everyone that Crabs is NOT a bust
The Ed McCaffery example is very solid. Ed came up w/many big-time catches. I think Crabs is better after the catch.
He's looking a lot like Hines Ward. Not exactly the same in every way, but he's being used within the offense, with similar offensive system as the Steeler. This is before they became more of a passing team.
Kinda reminds me of a faster D. Clark. He can put on some moves that DC couldn't, but plays a similar roll.
He's like JJ STokes, Jerry Rice, and TO rolled up into one.
Boldin. were there in college still comparable
Originally posted by socalniner:
He's like JJ STokes, Jerry Rice, and TO rolled up into one.

He can catch, run a competent rout (albeit, this is a recent development), and move faster than a blocking tight end.

JJ Stokes has not right to be in this comparison.
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I've been thinking about this a bit and the thing that I just can't find a good comparison for is his running style combined with his size. He runs nothing like Boldin, who has a thick compact frame for a WR and lowers his pads or helmet to run over defenders. He's not a small slot guy who just jukes and outruns people, either.

He uses a combination of the two. In addition, he runs with a low pad level like a running back, IMO. It's very strange because he is long and lanky. He shows fantastic balance and often keeps the play alive by putting a hand on the ground. He's not the fastest player in the league, but he's significantly faster than some very successful WRs... he would run circles around Wes Welker, for example.

Lastly, he is fantastic after the catch compared to the rest of the WRs in the league. I didn't bother checking the numbers beyond those with a significant amount of YAC, but currently it appears that only Percy Harvin has a higher percentage of yardage from YAC.

I just don't think there is anybody else like him.
Hines Ward
crabs is like a bigger and less agile mario manningham
I think it's way too early to tell. If he plays with a QB that can hit him in stride I think Crabs is capable to excell at the RAC. I'll give him a few more years with Kaep before I compare him to anybody. Basically he's been handcuffed playing with Alex Smith.
Originally posted by pdizo916:
a 4th receiver on a GOOD team.

Agree he is too slow.
Originally posted by pete98146:
I think it's way too early to tell. If he plays with a QB that can hit him in stride I think Crabs is capable to excell at the RAC. I'll give him a few more years with Kaep before I compare him to anybody. Basically he's been handcuffed playing with Alex Smith.

AS hasn't played in almost 3 games... Just saying.
[ Edited by HOF49er on Nov 30, 2012 at 12:04 PM ]
Crabtree to me, is like Tim Brown of the Raiders. Also a first round pick. Running style, size, and catching ability.