2012 NFL Draft: Justin Blackmon Solidifies Top-5 Status with Monster Fiesta Bowl
If there was ever a doubt about Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, just re-watch the Fiesta Bowl.
In Monday’s 41-38 OT win over Stanford, Blackmon was the main reason the Cowboys were able to pull off the win. He caught eight passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns. That’s 23.3 yards per reception!
His patented spin move shredded would-be tacklers on multiple plays, and his speed took care of the rest. He won the offensive player of the game award and the vote was really a no-brainer.
What makes his performance even more incredible is that he was dealing with an inner thigh infection that caused him extreme pain.
After the game he announced his decision to forgo his senior season and enter the upcoming NFL draft. This was a no-brainer. He is the undisputed best receiver available and is going to be a force in the league for the next decade. Think Calvin Johnson with a better spin move.
Is Justin Blackmon Worth a Top 5 Pick?
In four games against top-15 teams, Blackmon has been at his absolute best: 42 catches, 607 yards and six touchdowns. He plays his best against the best and has proven to his doubters that double coverage means nothing when you can jump higher than the competition.
The two-time Fred Biletnikoff Award winner is hands-down the best receiver in college, and the only question is: How high can he go?
At 6'1", 215 pounds, he is the ideal size for a big receiver in the NFL and has the speed and soft hands to match. Aside from Andrew Luck, there isn’t another player that has as bright of a future as Blackmon. He is as sure a thing as there is in the NFL draft.
The Cleveland Browns would be insane to pass him up at No. 4.
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