Justin Blackmon Scouting Report
|School:||Oklahoma State Cowboys|
|Height & Weight:||6'1 - 211 lbs.|
|Draft Prediction:||Top 10|
2012 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Blackmon has accumulated a ton of production while at Oklahoma State, a team unafraid to let it rip offensively.
His route running lacks explosion, but he does well to confuse defenders using body language and quick feet. He is fast enough to get behind defenders and does great to go after deep passes. Blackmon can work between the hashes willingly. If not in the mix early, he can lose focus and not sell out on routes. He could improve after the catch and needs to be more violent when he secures the ball in order to break tackles and get free.
There are concerns to his game; in particular, he doesn't have game-breaking speed. For a player looking like a Top 10 pick, that is a concern. He certainly isn't slow, but he runs in the 4.5 40 yard dash range. The easy comparison right now is Michael Crabtree. Sure, Crabtree was a Top 10 pick, but he still has not lived up to those expectations (even with the recent 49ers' success). Blackmon could see his draft stock slide a tiny bit if teams feel he can't separate, whether it is due to his average speed or imprecise route-running.
Blackmon is assumed to be one of the first players taken in the 2012 NFL Draft.