Playing in 11 games this past season, Niners 2009 first-round WR Michael Crabtree caught 48 passes for 625 yards and two TDs. Extrapolate those numbers over the course of a full season, and you get 70 catches for 909 yards (13 yards per catch) and three TDs — almost the exact same numbers Santana Moss had with the Redskins in '09 (70-902-3). Is Crabtree destined to be another Moss, who has made only one Pro Bowl in nine seasons? Or is he a perennial Pro Bowler in the making? "I think he can be a Pro Bowl guy," said one daily Crabtree observer. "To come in just before midseason and do what he did — starting right away with the offense changing — was remarkable. He had some drops, which were unusual for him, but he has remarkably strong hands." What Crabtree doesn't have is Moss-like speed. "Getting separation was a problem," the observer said. "He's going to have to run very precise routes."
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