2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report:
WR Justin Blackmon – Oklahoma State (Junior):
- Tremendous leaper, can get to plenty of balls that should be out of his reach
- Great body control to adjust to the ball in the air
- Strong, sure hands, capable of winning the contested balls
- Uses body to shield the ball from the defender
- Has good awareness and finds openings in the zone
- Has good speed, and gets out of his breaks quickly
- Runs good routes
- Dangerous weapon in the red zone where his size can play a factor
- Lacks top end speed, while his speed is good, it’s not deep speed. He won’t stretch the field like most elite recievers
- Given his frame he needs to get more physical when playing the middle of the field. He will no longer be bigger than every defensive back he faces.
- Has had some off the field red flags. Not to the point where it significantly hurts his draft stock, but enough to mention.
- Can get a little lazy at times when asked to block and isn’t involved in the play.
Blackmon is the top receiver in this class and for good reason. He has won back-to-back Biletnikoff awards, after compiling 230 catches3,300 yards and 38 TD’s combined. He’s got all the secondary skills you look for in a receiver with, strong hands, good leaping ability and quality route running. Blackmon is a safe prospect in the sense that he should have a positive impact at the next level. There is very little chance of him being a downright ‘bust’, and he should be a productive receiver.
The question does remain though if whether or not Blackmon will live up to his draft status. While he should be productive in the NFL, it might be more of a number two level receiver. More like an Anquan Boldin as opposed to a Larry Fitzgerald. While that is still very good typically when you are drafting a receiver in the top ten, you expect him to develop into that number one type. The concern with Blackmon is that he doesn’t have the typical height or speed (or the combination) usually found in elite receivers. While Blackmon is good in both areas, he’s not elite in either and that could be the difference for him.
Overall I would say that Blackmon will be an upgrade on a number of receiving corps around the league, so it is likely that he won’t fall down any draft boards.
Justin Blackmon 2012 Draft Projection: 1st round lock, he should be the top receiver off the board and go in the top 10 picks