School: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Position: Wide Receiver
Measurements: 6’1 ht 211lbs
Projection: Top 10 pick overall
In One Word: Explosive
Fantasy Value: Excellent
Mock Prediction: Rams (6th Overall)
Some have Justin Blackmon comparisons leaning more towards the badass NFL diva receivers of the league. The Brandon Marshall’s or the Terrell Owens’s do sort of fit Blackmon’s persona. In 2010 the former Oklahoma State Cowboy was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charger. But overall his play of the field is worth the so-called drama.
At 6-foot-1, Blackmon isn’t the tallest target coming out of this year’s receiver crop, yet his burst off the line and ability to physically out-play defenders ranks him far beyond the competition. With strong hands and excellent push off, defenders struggle to keep Blackmon in check for a full game. He has solid route running skills and great timing throughout his cuts. Blackmon realistically could line up anywhere on the field, as his quick burst and run after the catch explosiveness is a easy pitch and catch playcall from the huddle.
As a fantasy option, Blackmon’s future team will be the x-factor for his rookie season. If the Rams select him at 6, he will be a go-to “Magic in the making” target for QB Sam Bradford. Yet, a team like the Browns who missed out on the RG3 sweepstakes and all viable QB free agents, will leave him left for dead.
The history does not bode well for wide receivers in the first round. The trend of falling receivers has seen some big names slip on draft day. For every amazing stud target in the top half of the draft class, there has been an equally high number of duds that teams have burned out on: Darrius Heyward-Bey (7th overall ’09) Ted Ginn Jr. (9th overall ’07) Craig Davis (30th overall ’07).
Still, I feel that a team like the Rams who have already made this draft class a winner by simply trading down a few spots, can take a guilt free chance on Justin Blackmon.
“..Hit’s the Circle Button” (1:05 mark) –nice call bro.
Special Thanks to:@shuttrking for his amazing photo.
James is a diehard fantasy football fan who has been playing for over 20 years. He doesn’t have a favorite team, mainly from moving around a lot when he was a kid. This has to lead to many fantasy championships as James drafts with his head, not with his heart. James also plays heavily in Dynasty Football and loves DFS and Picking games. He’s excited to see where he can go writing for Gridiron Experts