While Michael Crabtree‘s stress fracture is undoubtedly a setback, it will not harm him greatly come draft time according to several talent evaluators.
As all coaches and general managers repeatedly stress during their media sessions in Indianapolis, the combine and pre-draft workouts are just but one aspect of the process and the college game film is always at the core of an evaluation.
Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said the situation was unfortunate for Crabtree, but not devastating.
“You got a bunch of tapes to watch guys on. From our standpoint we evaluate guys on how they play football and not just on how they run,” noted Pioli.
“The combine’s great, but you watch tape on the player and that’s really your top priority.”
Bears coach Lovie Smith echoed those sentiments when asked about Crabtree.
“It’s not a grave injury or anything like that,” said Smith. “He’s a good football player and he’s got plenty of time to get well.”
“I think everybody has a history. He has a history and his history’s pretty good. I think he’ll be alright.”