Justin Blackmon 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Player Name: Justin Blackmon
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Oklahoma State
After redshirting his freshman year, Justin Blackmon started to immediately make an impact.
In his redshirt freshman season, he saw snaps while looking up to former Cowboy (and current Cowboy) great Dez Bryant.
After Bryant departed, Blackmon came out of his shell as a redshirt sophomore to win the 2010 Biletnikoff Award, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, become a unanimous All-American, and even finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy race.
Blackmon has improved immensely in his route running, and his versatility as a wide receiver is fantastic. He can stretch the field with above average speed, and he can make plays underneath to turn them into big gains.
Blackmon has soft hands, and is very tough. He will fight for the ball and does a nice job of making a play on it whether he can catch it or not.
His athleticism is also exceptional, and he will make even the toughest catches, while also having the awareness to keep his feet in bounds. Blackmon is generally fearless, not being afraid to take a hit after making a catch.
He doesn’t get jammed easily at the line and his physical presence helps him make plays in the red zone, despite not being very tall.
Blackmon needs to learn how to get better separation in man coverage. He has improved on his route running as mentioned before, but he still needs a bit of work. He doesn’t possess elite speed, and won’t be a burner in the NFL.
He seems to have mental lapses, not always concentrating when catching the football. He doesn’t always look the football in, and at times will run before the ball is in his hands.
He has soft, but not strong hands, which could be worrisome in the red zone in the NFL against defenses that can lay the wood on the opposition.
Intangibles could be a concern. He seems to be a bit of a show boat player, and also has been arrested with a DUI, in which he was suspended for one game for in 2010.
When you look watch tape of Blackmon, you see a player that’s very confident in his ability, and is generally an over achiever. Blackmon is a big time competitor and a hard worker off of the field.
Like previously mentioned, he isn’t a burner and won’t stretch the field as much in the NFL. His best fit looks to be in a West Coast Offense, where a quarterback can take advantage of his ability to make plays off of short-intermediate routes.
Blackmon is likely to be a first round pick, and could be the first receiver off of the board in 2012.
NFL Comparison: Dez Bryant
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