Over the past few weeks, there have been a handful of mock drafts around the internet that have projected wide receiver Justin Blackmon to slide out of the top 10. I’m here to tell you that won’t be happening.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the centerpiece team in terms of drafting Blackmon, and they’re the reason that he cannot fall out of the top 10. Yesterday, Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union said, “The Jaguars have sent a lot of their scouts to the OSU campus to interview Monken about everything related to Blackmon.” That combined with Jaguars.com senior writer, John Oehser’s continued insistance that the Jaguars would draft Blackmon if he’s still available at 7th overall seem to indicate that Blackmon is a sure top 10 pick.
The Jaguars aren’t the only team that may be interested in drafting Blackmon, however. The Vikings, Browns, Rams, and the Bills all seem to be legitimate potential landing places for Blackmon inside the top 10 in the NFL draft.
Frankly, I don’t know how Blackmon ever fell out of any top 10 predictions. Blackmon stands at just 6’1″, but as ESPN’s Sports Science shows below, Blackmon is extrememly athletic. Blackmon has a greater standing range than Plaxico Burress, who is 6’5″, and Blackmon can catch a ball thrown within a range that is about the sive of a two-car garage. It’s for those reasons that I firmly believe Justin Blackmon will stay in the top 10 on Thursday, but we already knew that didn’t we?