Key stats: Over 110 catches and 1,500 yards in last two seasons, two-time Fred Biletnikoff Award Winner
Best-case comparison: Terrell Owens
Worst-case comparison: Michael Crabtree
Justin Blackmon is is the consensus best receiver in the draft and is a lock to be drafted in the top 10. He had a tight hamstring and chose to opt out of the 40 at the NFL combine, but ran a 4.41 and 4.46 at the Oklahoma State pro day.
Blackmon's stopwatch speed was pretty good, but his game speed was even more impressive in college. In the Fiesta Bowl, Blackmon embarrassed the Stanford secondary in route to three touchdowns and 186 yards receiving. Most of his yardage came from the yards-after-catch variety. Personally, I love a receiver that doesn't slide down to prevent a big hit after making a catch in the middle of the field.
Blackmon's college stats are eye-popping. They are also eerily similar to Michael Crabtree's. Like Crabtree, Blackmon was the best college receiver in his draft class. Both receivers also possess good-but-not-elite speed and good but-not-elite size.
Crabtree has been a decent player, and has improved with each season. However, to this point in his career, he has not been worth the 10th overall pick the San Francisco 49ers used to get him in 2009. Will Blackmon follow suit, or he will he be the next great YAC wideout in the NFL?
Draft Projection: Sixth overall to St. Louis Rams