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NFL DRAFT
49ers select Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree
Raiders' selection of Heyward-Bey paved way for Niners to draft Crabtree

  • The 49ers drafted Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree with the 10th overall selection in the first round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. (ERIC GAY / Associated Press)

SANTA CLARA The 49ers day began with the orchestrated unveiling of new uniforms that closely resemble the threads the team wore back in the teams glory years of the 1980s.

But the big news happened two hours later when the 49ers chose a self-described clotheshorse to fashion the new/old look.

The discussion within the draft room never reached the serious stages because the 49ers did not think it was realistic that Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree would still be around when the 49ers went on the clock with the No. 10 overall pick.

It was one of the last scenarios that we would end up with, 49ers coach Mike Singletary said Saturday after the club added perhaps the highest-profile player in the draft.

But the Raiders surprisingly selected Maryland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh selection. Jacksonville and Green Bay followed with the choices of tackle Eugene Monroe and defensive tackle B.J. Raji, respectively.

Then, there was not much that the 49ers needed to discuss before claiming Crabtree.

We got the best receiver in the draft, hands down, 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan said.

The 49ers dealt away their picks in the second (No. 43) and fourth rounds (No. 111) to the Carolina Panthers for a first-round selection in the 2010 draft. The 49ers have six picks remaining today in the final five rounds of todays draft.

But even with just that one selection on Saturday, this day was considered at least for a while a grand success.

Since Terrell Owens left the organization after the 2003 season, the 49ers have not had a wide receiver with more than 61 receptions in a single season. Now, they are getting the most prolific two-year receiver in the history of college football.

Crabtree caught 231 passes in his two college seasons, and added 41 touchdowns in just 26 games. He was named the winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nations top receiver both years.

When we look at the film, we see a guy who has a different speed, Singletary said. I dont know how fast he is, I just know when he catches the ball, theres separation there. I know hes a physical guy and hes willing to block, so Im very excited about all of the upside he has.

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