Michael Crabtree's a Freak: A Stat You May Not Have Seen

John VetschContributor IApril 12, 2009

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Michael Crabtree #5 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders carries the ball after making a reception during the first half of the game against the Texas Longhorns on November 1, 2008 at Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

We all know that wide receiver Michael Crabtree put up some amazing numbers at Texas Tech, but I didn't realize he was this kind of freak.

Look at some of these numbers: Not only does he have the biggest wingspan of all the top wideouts in this year's draft class, but he beats most of the top O-linemen in that measurement as well.

Crabtree might be 6'1", but he has the reach of someone 6'5" or bigger.

It's just another thing teams should consider when Michael is staring them in the face on draft day.


Wingspan Measurements

'09 Draft Class Receivers

Michael Crabtree: 34.25"

Kenny Britt: 34"

Darrius Heyward-Bey: 33.625"

Jeremy Maclin: 32.5"

Percy Harvin: 31.625"

Brian Robiskie: 31.5"

Derrick Williams: 31"


'09 Class Offensive Linemen

Eugene Monroe: 33.875"

Jason Smith: 33.75"

Michael Oher: 33.5"

Alex Mack: 33"

Eben Britton: 32.75"


Notable Current NFL WRs

Calvin Johnson (6'5"): 33.375"

Braylon Edwards (6'4"): 33.125"

Brandon Marshall (6'4"): 32.625"

Vincent Jackson (6'4"): 33.625"


Where will he go in the draft?

People keep doubting this kid, but there might not be a bigger playmaker in the draft than Crabtree. With over 3,000 yards and 41 TDs in just two years of college, Crabtree is a highlight reel waiting to happen.

I don't want to hear the "but he played in a system" crap either. Crabtree is the system. He broke pretty much every receiving record as a freshman and won the Fred Biletnikoff award for the second straight year.

He has the size, speed, and route-running skills to be an NFL WR, but his biggest attribute is his competitiveness and aggressiveness. The guy plays every play like it is his last and just attacks the ball out of the air.

Even if the Browns don't take him, I think Crabtree will go No. 5 via trade with a team moving up to steal him from the Bengals, Raiders, and Jaguars.