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Jaguars Draft Prospects: Wide Receiver, Justin Blackmon

Blackmon runs with the ball

Justin Blackmon has a rare combination of strength and speed, topped off with a tenacious physical dominance.

He posses all the attributes of an elite NFL wide receiver, and with his pro day performance he confirmed his status as the top wide receiver in this year’s draft class.

At 6-feet-1, 215-pounds, Blackmon is a physical force with excellent ball skills. He flourished at Oklahoma State, catching 233 passes for 3,304 yards and 38 touchdowns, which broke the team’s career records for both receptions and yards receiving. He was also a two time all American and two time Biletnikoff award winner -– an award given to the nation’s top collegiate wide receiver.

The one negative on Blackmon is that he doesn’t have elite height, but that is quickly forgotten when you watch him on tape. He has excellent body control and attacks the ball in the air.

At his pro day Blackmon also showed surprising speed as he ran a 4.46, 40 yard dash, adding another dimension to his already elite skill set.

One of Blackmon’s biggest strengths is his ability after the catch. He is very explosive with the ball in his hands, and he has the strength and speed to make the first man miss, which provides an offense with those precious yards after catch that often make the difference between fourth-and-one and first-down.

Blackmon’s speed and explosiveness make him the perfect target for a quarterback lacking in confidence, like the Jaguars’ Blaine Gabbert, because it allows the quarterback to get the ball out of his hands quickly and successfully.

Taking everything into consideration, Blackmon looks like an instant impact player and is widely regarded as a top-10, possibly top-5 prospect. However, if the Jaguars want him they will have to either; keep their fingers crossed and hope that he falls to them with their seventh overall pick, or trade up in the first round above both the Browns (4) and Rams (6), who are both rumoured to be very interested in Blackmon.

At this point in time, I can’t see the Jaguars trading up in the draft, but depending on how active Jaguars are in the free agent market that could change.

One thing’s for sure; if the Jaguars can find a way to get him in a black and teal jersey he has the potential to solidify Jacksonville’s passing game for a long time.

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