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Saturday, February 21, 2009
Don't expect Crabtree in AFC North


Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

For those Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals fans hoping your team would ignore bigger needs to take Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree, forget about it.

News broke Saturday that Crabtree, arguably the top-rated player in the draft, has a foot fracture that will sideline him up to 10 weeks. Crabtree was projected to be a top five pick, which is why Browns and Bengals followers were hopeful.

Now it's pretty much official neither AFC North team would take an injury risk with the No. 5 and No. 6 overall pick. Crabtree was considered a luxury, not a need, for Cleveland and Cincinnati. Both teams have a pair of No. 1 receivers in Braylon Edwards and Chad Ocho Cinco, respectively.

Expect Cleveland to take a hard look at linebacker, the team's primary need, while Cincinnati explores the many quality offensive tackles available.

By the way, Crabtree won't fall to the Baltimore Ravens (No. 26) or Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 32), either. Keep dreaming.