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2012 Jaguars 101 Pre-Draft Analysis: WR Justin Blackmon

March 19th, 2012 at 5:00 PM
By Michael Hall

Height: 6-1

Weight: 207

40-Time: ~4.45 

Draft Stock: Likely won't fall past the St. Louis Rams at #6.

 

Overview

Justin Blackmon is widely considered as the best wide receiver prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft. He, along with Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden were a vital component of a very potent offense, connecting 122 times for 1500+ yards and 18 touchdowns.

Blackmon is a particularly physical receiver that makes up for his lack of deep speed with sheer possessiveness of the ball. Any ball that comes into his territory gets caught and despite the fact that he doesn't look like he's very fast, he usually ends up with  4-5 yards of separation from his defender. 

+ Polished Receiver

 He knows how to run his routes pretty well, and most importantly, he knows how to spearate from the defender and  then catch the ball , It seems simple, but to the Jaguars' receivers last year, doing that seemed to be as complicated as juggling flaming chainsaws. Blackmon would be very likely to contribute immediately during the season. 

+ He is the QB's Best Friend

His consistent route running, makes him a nice security blanket for a beleaguered QB. His ability to seamlessly adjust to bad throws makes him a valuable asset as well.

- Lack of Deep Speed Might Restrict Him 

While he is polished as a receiver, he probably isn't going to be able to command constant double teams with very little deep speed, possibly keeping him in the #2 receiver spot. . 

 

Career Highlight

8 receptions, 186 yards, 3 Touchdowns  in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl v. Stanford.

Tags: Brandon Weeden, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Justin Blackmon, NFL, St. Louis Rams

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