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Of all the receiving prospects in the draft, I like Alshon Jeffrey the best. A lot of scouts and mock drafts have Justin Blackmon as the top prospect at the position, but I disagree.
At 6’1”, 210 pounds, with a 4.5 40-yard dash time, Blackmon checks in as a Michael Crabtree clone. Both were extremely productive college wideouts with well over 100 catches in their final two college seasons. Blackmon and Crabtree are also the highest-rated receiving prospects I can remember without one physical attribute that jumps off the page, whether it be speed or size.
In three NFL seasons Crabtree has yet to equal the 134 catches he had in 2007. Crabtree is a decent player, but has hardly been elite, and that is how I project Blackmon’s career will turn out. Give me two productive receivers with identical 40-yard dash times like Blackmon and Jeffrey, and I am drafting the taller, stronger guy 1,000 times out of 1,000.
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