2012 NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks Should Trade Up for Justin Blackmon

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2012 NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks Should Trade Up for Justin Blackmon
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Now that the Seattle Seahawks have their quarterback of the future in Matt Flynn, they now need to find some quality targets for Flynn to throw to in 2012. 

Heading into the 2012 NFL draft, the Seahawks sit with the 12th overall pick and could certainly reel in some talent at that position of the draft but could very well trade up for the draft's top wide receiver, Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon

A potential trading partner for the Seahawks could be the St. Louis Rams at No. 6, the Miami Dolphins at No. 8 or the Buffalo Bills at No. 10. With Blackmon figured to go somewhere in the top 10, and quite possibly to the Rams at No. 6, the Seahawks could use some of their seven picks to move up and pick the Oklahoma State Cowboys standout. 

 

Strengths

There is no doubt in my mind that Blackmon is this year's best wide receiver. He has it all.

Blackmon is a playmaker that would be an immediate fit in Seattle's offense as Flynn's No. 1 wide receiver. He plays with full effort and doesn't stop until the whistle blows—which is somewhat of a rarity for a wide receiver of his caliber. 

Blackmon stands in at 6'1" and has great control of his body and can go up and get the ball, no matter where it's thrown. He plays with great hands and rarely has any mental lapses with drops. 

Ultimately Blackmon is an incredibly well-rounded receiver that can be a possession guy as well as a yards-after-catch guy too. 

 

Weaknesses

Blackmon does not have elite speed. Don't get me wrong, he is still very fast but he will not be the fastest guy on the field and the majority of starting NFL cornerbacks will be able to keep up with him. He won't be a burner. 

Other than that, there has been one small off-the-field issue with a DUI charge but it appears that he's a mature player that is ready to take his game to the next level.

 

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Conclusion

If the Seahawks can pull the trigger and know that it's a definite that they'll be able to draft Blackmon, then they need to do it—it's a no-brainer.

While playing in Green Bay, Flynn had some of the best receivers available and it'd be wise for Seattle to surround him with talent so they can ease his development as a NFL starting quarterback. 

 

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