Day 3: Might Crabtree fall to 49ers at No. 10?

There is news from the combine this morning that could impact the 49ers’ pick at No. 10.

Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree, the consensus top player at his position, will undergo surgery to insert a screw into a stress fracture in his right foot. He will miss approximately 10 weeks, according to the NFL Network.


That means Crabtree will not be able to work out prior to the draft. There have been questions about Crabtree’s speed. He would have had a chance to alleviate those concerns at his pro day. But, now, teams will not have an opportunity get an accurate read.


When asked about his speed yesterday, Crabtree said, “There’s always going to be questions. I think I’ll answer them all. So I’m looking forward to answering that question.”


Crabtree will not get a chance to answer that question, so his game film will have to speak for itself. So which team is going to draft Crabtree now with a top-10 pick?


The Chiefs have the No. 3 pick, followed by the Seahawks, Browns, Bengals, Raiders, Jaguars and Packers.


If Crabtree falls to No. 10, I believe the 49ers would be very interested. He is the only receiver the 49ers would consider with that pick. Jeremy Maclin (Missouri) has a more wiry frame and doesn’t have the built to be an effective blocker, which is important for the 49ers.


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Today is the first day of workouts inside Lucas Oil Stadium, and Alabama tackle Andre Smith has decided he will not take part. He has been projected as high as a No. 2 overall pick, going to the Rams.


But Smith is part of a top-heavy group of tackles that seem to be closely bunched. Eugene Monroe (Virginia), Jason Smith (Baylor) and Michael Oher (Mississippi) are also considered elite tackles.


Andre Smith’s refusal to work out could mean that the other three move up a notch or two in the minds of NFL teams. Smith said he showed up for the combine at 332 pounds after being up around 345. I spoke with one scout who said Smith’s playing weight should be 310 pounds.


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The media is not allowed to watch the workouts, which are taking place right now. However, tomorrow there will be a group of reporters selected to provide pool reporters on the quarterbacks and wide receivers. I have made myself available to take part.


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