2012 NFL Draft: Justin Blackmon a Better Fit for Colts Than Andrew Luck

Dallas DavisCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2012

Blackmon races past Stanford for a score
Blackmon races past Stanford for a scoreDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

I've seen all the things necessary to make my one solid, bold prediction heading into this year's draft: Justin Blackmon will be the most explosive rookie wide receiver we have seen since the likes of Randy Moss.

Blackmon is mean, talented and has a giant chip on his shoulder. He's the perfect weapon in an offense like Peyton Manning's Colts.

If you think that Peyton Manning will demand a release, you must first consider his salary. If he does indeed get traded, the Colts will be forced to eat about $30 million. In other words, about one-fourth of their budget for next year.

Andrew Luck could be the next great quarterback, however, Blackmon has the potential to affect next season's greatest turnaround (seems weird even saying that), as the Indianapolis Colts will make it to the AFC Championship with a healthy Peyton Manning.

What we do know is that it would be the coolest thing ever to see Luck throw to Blackmon, but considering both of these men will be possible top five picks, the likelihood of that happening is a long shot. Blackmon has just as much upside as Luck, and that's saying a lot for the Oklahoma State receiver. 

I know that the media will make it impossible not to take Luck at No. 1, however, I think whoever lands Blackmon will be the biggest winner for the next five years. 

You have to admit, Manning to Blackmon, Wayne and Garcon sounds pretty impressive.