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Taking Crabtree made more sense for Packers, believe it or not

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Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Updated Oct. 06, 2010 @ 7:26 p.m.
By Eric Edholm

If you know anything about Packers GM Ted Thompson, you likely have heard this phrase: "best available."

Thompson loves taking the top talent, almost no matter the position. He drafted Jordy Nelson with his first pick last year, and he drafted two QBs as well.

That's why taking Crabtree would have made more sense than you'd think. Donald Driver has taken a downtick, and James Jones was disappointing last year.

B.J. Raji, the Packers' pick, didn't always play to his ability, and there are some decision makers out there who think he's lacking a killer instinct. Will he be a three-down player? Maybe he can play first and second downs at the nose and stay at tackle in a four-man front.

But I just have questions about Raji's ability to stay on the field, be consistently productive and be worth this choice. That said, those 3-4 nose tackles are hard to find. As you can tell, I am a little torn here. 

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