Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon leaves college as one of the most productive wide receivers of the era. He did it all at Oklahoma State—winning big games and wracking up thousands of yards. But how does it translate to the NFL?
Blackmon's game is not without flaw. He's an average-sized receiver (6'0", 207) who lacks on-film speed to separate from NFL-level cornerbacks. There are moments when he'll drop an easy pass over the middle (see: 2011 Missouri game). That said, Blackmon does a lot well.
There are few players who move more fluid than Blackmon coming off the line of scrimmage and getting into his routes. He has smooth, clean footwork and a nice ability to plant and cut.
While he's not overpowering or physical, Blackmon does use his incredible wingspan to attack the football in flight and to separate from coverage. He's a finished, polished receiver who will require little acclimation time in the NFL.
All things considered, Blackmon is a very good prospect who has been a little overhyped in the pre-draft run. But he has the potential to be a good No. 1 receiver, and possibly an exceptional No. 2.
The Jaguars trade up to grab their first legitimate wide receiver threat since Jimmy Smith, grabbing Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State. He'll compliment Laurent Robinson, who the Jags signed to a big free agent deal in the offseason. Blackmon fills an immediate need for the Jags and should help out Blaine Gabbert, who struggled as a rookie.
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