Justin Blackmon   WR   Oklahoma St

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


STRENGTHS

Justin is a strong wide receiver who fights for the ball in the air.  He has good size, bulk and strength. He catches the ball with strong hands and away from his body.  He will go across the middle and make the difficult catch.  Justin wants to be the man, which goes a long way to making him an excellent wide receiver for the team that drafts him. He has excellent run after the catch ability because he runs with long strides which makes it hard for defensive players to wrap him up on a tackle.  He is not a great blocker, but he gives good effort on every play and gets the job done.  Justin has the speed and quickness to go deep and is smart enough to understand zone defense.  He knows how to sit down and make himself a big target for his QB. Justin is the type of receiver that can make an average QB look better than he is.  He has the talent and passion to be a #1 wide receiver for the team that drafts him.

 

CONCERNS

Justin will complain if he doesn't get the ball.  If the offense is not moving the ball, Justin will tell just about every player and coach on the sideline that is in hearing territory to pass him the ball.  This does not mean Justin is not a team player.  It just means the kid wants to win and wants to be one of the top players in the league.  I don't consider that a bad thing, but being outspoken can get you into trouble if it is not controlled.  

 

BOTTOM LINE

Justin is not as tall as some of the top wide receivers in this class or in past drafts, but he is as good.  He is a smart player on a college team that is very well coached.  My fear is that if he goes to an NFL team with poor coaching, his outspoken nature may become a problem.  If Justin goes to a team that has good coaching, he will probably be just one of the guys and a star player for his team.  Some coaches are going to be leery of drafting Justin because of his intelligence and the fact that he is not one of those players who will keep his mouth shut if things don't go right on the field.  Personally, I like smart, honest players.  I want players who are always looking to be better.  I like players who want the ball in big situations.  I am more than willing to put up with players who are smart and eager to add content to an offensive game plan and are willing to adjust that game plan if it is going wrong in the middle of a game.  But that's just me.  I consider Justin one of the top wide receivers in this draft. Of course, I'm also one of the few people who never had a problem with Terrell Owens because he never gave anyone a problem off the field.  The on-field problems, in my opinion, most coaches mishandled.  But once again, that's just me.

 

 The BS Detector 

 Drew Boylhart   DEC /11