Posted by Will Brinson
In one of the dumber -- yet unexpected -- draft moves in recent NFL history, the Oakland Raiders passed on Michael Crabtree and took Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh overall selection in the 2009 draft.
It made no sense at the time, it makes no sense now, and the only reason it's even justifiable is that Al Davis is old and crazy. But that's not stopping Crabtree from holding a grudge against the Raiders for their decision.
"Of course you think about it," Crabtree said of the snub with the Raiders coming to Candlestick Park for Sunday's Battle of the Bay. "Anytime someone gets picked ahead of you, you think about it."
Good news, I guess, is that Crabtree doesn't hate Heyward-Bey for, you know, just walking up to the podium and then tossing up as mediocre a performance as everyone thought he would.
"I'm not worried about Darrius," Crabtree said. "I'm focused on winning the game. But at the same time, I'm thinking about the Raiders."
Randy Moss has a similar beef with the Dallas Cowboys after they passed on him in 1998 -- in the sense that a team that should have pulled the trigger on him didn't.
But that's where the similarities end; comparing Moss and Crabtree is futile in the first place, but it's not like the Raiders ever promised Crabtree they'd draft him.
In fact, everyone would have been almost surprised if Heyward-Bey wasn't Oakland's choice. And the Raiders didn't pass on Crabtree because they didn't think he was the best wideout in the draft. They passed on him because their front office is a freaking wreck.
So while it's nice to see that Crabtree has enough competitive fire to justify his rookie year holdout (the sole reason being he wanted DHB money), it's almost asinine enough to warrant rooting for Heyward-Bey to have a monster game as the Raiders throttle the Niners on Sunday.
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