Today will start off my week long draft coverage, with my top five overrated players in this years draft class.
After Crabtree's ridiculously good redshirt freshman campaign, I was still skeptical and brushed him off as a 'product of the system'. While his numbers were still greatly inflated due to the Texas Tech offense, he proved to me that he is a top college wide receiver in 2008. But, I don't think he has the ability to live up to the top 5 pick talent that is being placed on him. I don't see him as a franchise wide receiver. Leading up to draft day I have heard ESPN compare Crabtree to Larry Fitzgerald on numerous occasions. I guess I just don't see it. Crabtree measured in at 6'1" after being listed as 6'3" at Texas Tech. He lacks the true wide receiver speed that other members of this class have (Maclin, Heyward-Bey, and Harvin). I see Crabtree being a nice possession receiver in the NFL, but his talent, in my opinion, doesn't compare to other top wide receivers in previous classes (Calvin Johnson).
3. The 2009 Quarterback ClassI believe Matthew Stafford will make a fine NFL quarterback, of the Jay Cutler mold. But, beyond that I'm not so sure. Sanchez only has one full season of starting experience under his belt. I agree with Pete Carroll, in that he probably could have benefited from another year of college. And, the third highest ranked quarterback in this class is....Kansas State's Josh Freeman? I guess this class gets downplayed due to the fact that the best NFL quarterback prospect is still in college (Sam Bradford).
2. Brian Robiskie
Robiskie's numbers drastically fell in 2008 due to the breaking in of a true freshman quarterback. But, the fact remains that Robiskie only had one 100 yard receiving game in 2008. He proved to be a non-factor in 2008, only recording 42 receptions for 535 yards. These were drastically lower than his 935 yards in 07. But, since he clocked in a 4.51 40 and is only slightly under 6'3" his college production, or lack there of, is ignored and he is considered a second or third round pick. I see Robiskie being nothing more than being a team's third option at receiver, if that.
1. Andre SmithThis one was easy. Click here to read about Smith's draft free-fall. Nothing more really needs to be said, but even after all this I still see Smith being projected as a top ten pick on several mock drafts. If I were running an NFL team, I would be seriously hesitant about investing millions of dollars and a top ten pick in a guy with commitment and work ethic issues.
Stay tuned for my top underrated players in the 2009 NFL Draft!
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