By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 1:31 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders are probably more likely to select Michael Crabtree in absence of a recent 40-yard dash time, rather than less likely.
With Crabtree recovering from stress fracture surgery and cleared medically, he can be as fast as they want him to be.
That’s something you discover while visiting Pro Days and the combine, anyway. Teams have their own scouts take times at these events, and wonder of wonders, the player a scout likes often comes away with the requisite time.
The Cleveland Browns may hold the key to whether we’ll find out the Raiders’ true feelings about Crabtree. There is talk of dealing either Braylon Edwards, Brady Quinn, or both, with the Browns interested in both Crabtree and USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Once Crabtree is gone, only two receivers would probably merit the No. 7 pick _ Missouri’s Jeremy Maclin and Maryland’s Darrius Heyward-Bey. The latter is a stretch, but veteran Al Davis watchers feel it’s a possibility because of his blistering combine time as well as the best height-weight-speed numbers at his position.
If the Browns take Crabtree, the only thing for certain is the Raiders will get exactly who they wanted all along at No. 7 _ regardless of whose name is called.
Crabtree? Never heard of him.