Always give the Devil his due.
Some argue that Michael Crabtree is the greatest College wide receiver of all time. Blessed with tremendous physical skills that translated to football statistics at Texas Tech, Crabtree is sure to help the Niners at one of their weakest positions.
Crabtree was projected as a top five pick at the draft, but fell to number ten due a hairline fracture in his lower leg which prevented him from working out at the NFL combine. In the end, the 49ers got a steal.
Crabtree amazed college football fans. As a redshirt freshman, he caught 134 passes for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns. These are astronomical numbers in run-happy NCAA football. He had big games against top opponents, too.
Of all positions in football, receiver is the easiest to make an immediate impact. Most of what a receiver does is instinctual and is less technique dependant than say cornerback or offensive lineman. Of course it would have helped if Crabtree had been in training camp, but it won’t be long before Crabtree is making a big contribution to the 49ers.
Should Crabtree produce as many think he can, the holdout will be forgotten.