• Get the Blackhawks Championship Package
    Get the Blackhawks Championship Package
  • Give the Gift of SI
    Give the Gift of SI
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
PLAYERS
Justin Blackmon
Round 1, Pick 5
Position: WR
Class:  Jr
HT: 6'1"
WT: 211 lbs.
40 Time: 4.48
Conference: Big 12
Biography: Two-year starter awarded All-America and all-conference honors since his sophomore season. Junior totals included 122 catches/1,522 yards/18 TDs. Posted 111/1782/20 as a sophomore and was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and given the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver.

Positives: Physical, reliable pass catcher with outstanding size and ability. Instinctive and plays smart football. Fluid and smooth in all his actions. Plays with terrific balance and body control and easily adjusts backward or gets vertical to make catches. Comes back to the ball out of pass routes, extends his hands and offers the quarterback a big target. Lays out and extends to make the difficult reception with defenders draped on him. Looks the ball into his hands and displays both soft and strong hands with the ability to pull the pass from the air. Uses his frame to shield away defenders and consistently wins out in battles. Effective blocking downfield.

Negatives: One-speed receiver who lacks a burst and is not a vertical threat. Marginally effective running after the reception. Occasionally takes his eyes off the ball, which results in drops or double catching. Displayed good route running skills at the combine yet during his college career showed minimal quickness and sharpness into breaks.

Analysis: Blackmon is a tremendous pass-catching target in the mold of former All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens. He's a big target who battles to make the reception and has the physical skills necessary to consistently come away with the ball. Blackmon will be an effective red zone target and a top third-down receiver. He offers immediate starting potential.

Projection: 1st
John Biever
2011 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Average Per Reception Receiving Touchdowns
121 1522 12.6 18
2011 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average Per Rush Touchdowns
7 5 1.4 0
ADVERTISEMENT
YES, I WILL TAKE THE SURVEY

MAYBE LATER

NO THANKS
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Playoffs NHL Playoffs Chris Johnson Jameis Winston NFL Draft Michael Sam Aldon Smith
TM & © 2013 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved. Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint