Niners strike gold with WR Crabtree

With the 10th overall pick, San Francisco 49ers GM Scot McCloughan hit the sweet spot in the NFL draft. The Niners achieved multiple goals while addressing both need and value all in one selection.

McCloughan had to see it coming when the Oakland Raiders took WR Darius Heyward-Bey with the seventh overall pick. That left the Niners with a great option of taking either Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree or Ole Miss OT Michael Oher. Needing players at both positions, the 49ers saw Crabtree as a valued pick and the highest rated WR on the board.

Crabtree will make everyone forget about Rashad Woods, who was a 2004 first-round bust. Crabtree now comes to the Bay with a chip on his shoulder, motivated to prove to Al Davis and others of his top-rated playmaking skills. As a two-time Fred Biletnikoff Award winner as the top wide receiver in college football, Crabtree will undoubtedly make the Silver and Black green with envy.

— Solomon Wilcots

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