Tag:Michael Crabtree
Posted on: September 29, 2010 5:40 pm
 

Dallas Cowboys/Michael Johnson Training Partners

I've written articles the past two years on the rapid development of world class training facilities and the impact they have on prospects preparation for the Combine and Pro Day workouts.

One of the best of those facilities is owned and ran by former Olympian great Michael Johnson. The facility, located in McKinney, Texas has developed a reputation for improving the speed of professional athletes. In fact, over its three years, Michael Johnson Performance has worked with athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and PGA, as well as served as the Combine prep facility of choice for first round picks Ndamukong Suh, Felix Jones, Knowshon Moreno, Michael Crabtree and many others.

On Wednesday, MJP and the Dallas Cowboys announced that they've become the official training partner of the Dallas Cowboys.

According to their press release, this partnership grants the Cowboys:

  • Exclusive speed training – developed by MJP Founder Michael Johnson based on his legendary career as an Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder.

  • Nike’s patented Sensory Sport Training (SST) – including access to MJP’s Sports Vision Lab, where athletes train to improve their visual capabilities, such as depth perception, peripheral vision and reaction time.

  • MJP Functional movement screening program – specifically, providing program orientation to the Cowboys strength and conditioning staff and assisting with the program’s implementation at their request.

    Said Johnson, per the press release, “We are honored to partner with one of the world’s premier sports franchises. The Cowboys strength and conditioning staff are obviously the best at what they do. I believe that our experience and proven program offerings will only complement their ongoing efforts. And as a Dallas native and lifelong Cowboys fan, the thought of playing some small role in helping the team achieve its ultimate goal is a huge thrill.”

    Click here for the full release.

  • Posted on: March 18, 2010 6:21 pm
     

    McCloughan's leave of absence won't break 49ers

    In this McDonaldized world of media in which readers demand the who, what, when, where and why a moment after news breaks, speculation has become rampant as to what impact might be felt on the 49ers plans for the 2010 draft after the news general manager Scot McCloughan is taking a personal leave of absence.

    The timing, of course, is odd. The draft is little more than a month away and the 49ers own the 13th and 17th overall picks. For a team with young stars in Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis, and Michael Crabtree, they appear capable of taking the next step and winning the NFL West Division. After all, the Cardinals are clearly weaker considering the loss of Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin, Karlos Dansby and Antrel Rolle. The 49ers are coming off of their most competitive season in years, winning five of their six divisional games (including going 2-0 against Arizona) and finished just outside of the playoffs at 8-8.

    McCloughan has a very good eye for talent. His ability to read the board and project which players will rise or slide is acknowledged by other teams throughout the league. He'll be missed in the San Francisco draft room, should it come down to that.

    However, he's also surrounded himself with a quality staff. Director of Player Personnel Trent Baalke and director of Player Pro Personnel Tom Gamble are widely respected. Baalke was reportedly an early candidate for the Seattle general manager position.

    Scot McCloughan's brother, Dave, is the 49ers' Director of College Scouting. He didn't earn this position with his last name. He was a standout safety drafted out of Colorado who spent time with the Seahawks, Packers and Colts before joining his father, Kent McCloughan, as a scout with the Raiders. 

    While the perception is that draft boards are fluctuating every day with the improved workouts players are putting forth in Pro Days across the country, in reality, much of the hard work in preparing for the 2010 draft has already been done.

    Whether he's the one actually making the pick or not, the 49ers 2010 draft will have Scot McCloughan's fingerprints on it.

    Considering that the 49ers appear poised to take control of the NFC West -- largely based on players McCloughan drafted -- that's a good thing.
    Posted on: October 7, 2009 5:44 pm
     

    Ridicule Crabtree now, he'll make you a believer

    I am as disappointed in the lengthy holdout by Michael Crabtree and his agent Eugene Parker as anyone. The decision to do so netted very little -- if any -- extra money and robbed Crabtree of the opportunity to have the breakout rookie campaign that his unique skill and San Francisco's need for a playmaking wide receiver made seem possible.

    That said, for those of you who enjoy badmouthing professional athletes and some of their dubious decisions, laugh now, because Crabtree has the kind of talent to rival Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin as the premier pass-catchers of the NFC West division -- and he could do so within a year from now.

    In ten years of scouting there is only one receiver I've seen with more natural talent than Crabtree and that was Calvin Johnson.

    Prior to the draft, NFLDraftScout.com rated Crabtree as our top-rated prospect. I stand behind that assessment and applauded San Franciso for their decision to take him with the tenth overall pick.

    I recognized the issues that came with Crabtree. His holdout, while longer than anticipated, surprised no one.

    But believe me when I tell you, that among the scouting community, no one will be surprised when this kid develops into a Pro Bowl receiver, either...
    Posted on: October 7, 2009 4:49 pm
     

    Say it ain't so, Dez

    Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Dez Bryant, arguably the best draft-eligible prospect at his position in the country, has been ruled ineligible by the university, reportedly for accepting property from an ex-NFL player.

    The university broke the news by releasing a statement announcing his suspension. The partial statement is as follows:

    Dez Bryant has been ruled ineligible for a violation of NCAA bylaw 10.1(d). Oklahoma State University has already begun the process of applying to the NCAA on his behalf for reinstatement. This incident does not involve anyone associated with the OSU football or athletic department staffs, any employee of the university, alumni, donors, or any third-party affiliated with OSU. OSU is taking this step because Bryant failed to openly disclose to the NCAA the full details of his interaction with a former NFL player not affiliated with OSU.

    As part of their statement, the university also released a comment from Bryant:

    "I made a mistake by not being entirely truthful when meeting with the NCAA. I sincerely regret my mistake and apologize to my teammates, coaches, OSU fans and the NCAA."
    Despite former Texas Tech (and new San Francisco 49er) wideout Michael Crabtree earning most of the national attention, Bryant led the conference with 1, 480 receiving yards. His 19 touchdown receptions and sparkling 17.0 yard per catch average also led the Big 12. Through three games this season, Bryant was on pace to better his numbers, having posted 17 catches for 323 yards (19.0 YPC!) and 4 scores.

    NFL scouts contacted with news of the story reserved comment until the details had been sorted out. Bryant reportedly had accepted property, including autmobiles, from a former NFL player. The speculation was that Bryant was given the property as a potential retainer for signing with an agent after this, his junior season.

    The NCAA has the option to review Bryant's case and reinstate him. The early buzz, however, is that this isn't likely to happen given the grievous nature of the infractions. If suspended indefinitely, Bryant could sign with an agent, as he'll likely elect to declare himself eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft.

    NFL teams certainly would question Bryant about his improper dealings, but as we saw last year with former Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith (who was suspended for the Sugar Bowl due to similar charges), teams are often willing to overlook these indiscretions. 
    Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:19 pm
     

    GB takes Raji, 49ers up

    The Packers get their nose guard in Raji and that leaves the 49ers with two receivers who could provide immediate help, as well as a tackle that makes sense. Pass rushers, while a need, are not being graded as highly by most clubs and thus, aren't likely to be the choice with Crabtree, Maclin and Oher available.

    Ultimately, Michael Crabtree is just too much of a talent to go any lower than this... Expect the 49ers to take him here or consider trading down slightly if they get the right offer... The phone will be ringing for teams intrigued with Crabtree's upside...
    Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:11 pm
     

    Jaguars Take Eugene Monroe, GB on the clock

    The Jaguars stand pat at #8 and get a talent in Eugene Monroe that deserved consideration much eariler. The free agent adidtion of Tra Thomas made this more of a value selection for the Jaguars, than addressing a huge need, but the Jags are better now.

    The Green Bay Packers are now on the clock and are presented with an interesting dilemma.

    Michael Crabtree is a terrific talent, but there may not be a stronger position for the Packers than wide receiver. They'd love to get their nose guard here with BJ Raji. The team also wants an offensive tackle and Michael Oher is as talented as any of the other 3 OTs that were selected ahead of him.

    The options:

    A. Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
    B. BJ Raji, NG, Boston College
    C. Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
    D. Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas

    Ultimately, to win with the 3-4 defense, the Packers need to acquire a nose guard. Expect Raji to be the pick.
    Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:04 pm
     

    Bengals take Andre Smith, Oakland on the clock

    I've been hearing for weeks that the Bengals' offensive line coach Paul Alexander absolutely loved Andre Smith's physicality and that the Bengals would take Smith over any other tackle available.

    The Raiders are now on the clock. They have needs at OT, DT, and certainly at WR.

    Possible picks include:

    A. Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
    B. Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
    C. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
    D. BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
    E. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

    I have sources who claim that the Raiders have locked on to Heyward-Bey, just as the Bengals had locked on with Andre Smith. I, personally, feel that Heyward-Bey is a significant reach, at this point, though there is no denying his potential to track down deep passes from JaMarcus Russell, especially with opposing safeties crowding the line of scrimmage to slow the Raiders' developing ground game. 

    The idea that any receiver is drafted ahead of Crabtree is crazy, but ultimately, that's my best guess...

    Sorry... had to run and do a radio spot. Rather than erase everything I wrote, you can see my thoughts... It isn't just hindsight with these comments either, as I picked Heyward-Bey to the Raiders in my final mock, as well.
    Posted on: April 25, 2009 4:42 pm
    Edited on: April 25, 2009 4:46 pm
     

    Seahawks take Curry, Jets trade up for Sanchez

    As expected, the Seahawks took linebacker Aaron Curry with the 4th pick. The Browns were on the clock -- but traded to the Jets
     
    Looks like the pick, instead, will be the New York Jets taking Mark Sanchez... An aggressive move by the Jets, but one that was necessary considering their lack of talent at the QB position.

    The Bengals are now on the clock.

    The Bengals have multiple needs. They'll have to consider Michael Crabtree, especially with the loss of TJ Houshmandzadeh and the antics of Chad Ochocinco. Other areas of concern are BJ Raji and OT Eugene Monroe. There is even talk they make take a pass rusher like Brian Orakpo or RB Beanie Wells.

    Ultimately, however, I believe the team has locked in on Alabama OT Andre Smith with this pick. 
     
     
     
     
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