Photo of Justin Blackmon
Drafted By: Jaguars
  • Round 1
  • Pick 5
  • Overall 5

Combine Results

Grade
93.5 ?
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Mayock's take: "It's a great pick. The Jaguars have to give Blaine Gabbert an opportunity. They had nobody to throw to last year. Now all of a sudden there is hope, because Justin Blackmon attacks defenders, attacks the football. He's powerful. He's as good as anybody I've ever seen in college football at elevating."

  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 207LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Blackmon enjoyed a storied and productive career at Oklahoma State, winning the Biletnikoff Award (given to the country's top collegiate wide receiver) two years in a row. Blackmon is as athletic as former teammate Dez Bryant and was even more productive, filling in nicely for Bryant when he left for the NFL. Blackmon has the elite ability to contribute immediately and should be a top-15 draft pick.

Analysis

Strengths

Blackmon has a good frame and seems taller than he is. He is barely six-feet tall, but his elite leaping ability makes him a jump-ball, red-zone threat. He can excel from any spot on the field, and is reminiscent of Anquan Boldin when running "drive" and "underneath" routes. Blackmon will present serious matchup issues for opposing defenses when working out of the slot, which he did occasionally in college. His in-phase technique is extremely polished, and he can vary his speed to keep defenders off balance. He is slow off the line but uses his strength and jab steps to release with ease. A natural receiver, Blackmon understands how to read coverage and sit down in zones. He aggressively attacks the ball when it's in his large catching radius, and he uses his frame to box out defenders. He can also bail out quarterbacks with his skill for adjusting to poorly thrown balls on the run.

Weaknesses

Blackmon is not as quick off the ball as his athleticism would suggest. He has good top-end speed and acceleration in the open field, but struggles to get enough burst to separate in short areas. An elongated stride makes it difficult for him to run sharp routes. Much of his production came from making plays at the point of the catch and after; he doesn't get himself open through route-running. He is an all-or-nothing blocker who can't recover after whiffing, and will have to improve in that area. His stride hampers his ability to change direction and could be his biggest problem in the NFL, where he'll be covered by premier athletes.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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