BIOGRAPHY: Former running back who started the past two seasons at receiver. Named All-Conference return specialist after his junior and senior campaigns. Receiving numbers last season included 41/593/1 when he also averaged 12.4 yards on 26 punt returns and 22.5 yards on 31 kick returns with one touchdown. Totaled 27/158/2 at receiver the previous season and averaged 28.9 yards on kick returns.
POSITIVES: Explosive receiver who impacts the game as a return specialist. Quick off the line, immediately gets to top speed, and nicely adjusts to the errant throw. Follows the quarterback across the field, comes back to the ball, and works to make himself an available target. Competes hard returning punts and kicks and always working to pick up positive yardage.
NEGATIVES: Route-running lacks sharpness and quickness. Does not display soft hands and drops a lot of catchable throws. Lets the ball get inside him.
ANALYSIS: Blackman has been a big-play receiver and return specialist the past two years, showing improvement in his game during both seasons. He must earn his wages at the next level on special teams, but he may also see the field as a fifth wideout.