By now, we all know about Justin Blackmon. He’s one of the better wide receiver prospects in recent years, and there are not a ton of concerns about his game. Big, strong and fast, Blackmon has elite hands and body control to go with the other tools. In short, he is the complete package at wide receiver. We do not see any physical tools that he is lacking whatsoever.
However, there have been times in which we have seen some mental lapses, and we’re concerned about the possibility of that spilling over at times. One play that sticks out in our minds came against Texas A&M in which while show-boating before walking in for a touchdown he fumbled the ball before reaching the end zone, losing the ball out of bounds for a touchback. Still, we have no problem putting him as the No. 1 wide receiver on the board, even with the guy that we have been pushing since September crawling up his heels.
Parallels are going to be made between him and current underwhelming San Francisco wide receiver, Michael Crabtree. But we do not see it, as Crabtree has three documented problems – work ethic, a pre-existing foot condition, and he’s a diva. Blackmon may be a diva, but the rest are non-issues. He’s a slam dunk.
Nothing left to be said that wasn’t already said here.
We’ve been saying the same thing since September – you want this guy on your team. He’s been rising, and rising … and rising some more.
Surprise! In early January, Scott was put on record on this discussion board saying Sanu wouldn’t be a Top 5 guy. Scott’s here to tell you that he’s wrong. He’s watched a lot of Sanu since the end of the year, and is becoming a believer. We don’t think he’ll ever be a superstar, but think there’s a lot to like as a No. 2 complimenting a star No. 1.
He does everything well, but nothing great. He won’t consistently get on top of secondaries, but he’s a wizard in the short and intermediate passing game. Rutgers is known for not having the most imaginative offensive gameplans, and any player that puts up numbers like Sanu has in this offense has the ability to take over games. The one quarrel we have with him is that he tends to catch the ball against his body, which can become a real issue. Still, there have been comparisons between Sanu and Hakeem Nicks thrown out there. Nicks’ hands are better, but the playmaking ability is there for Sanu. He is going to be a bargain sometime relatively early on Day 2.
To clarify, Scott has Jeffery No. 3 on his board and Mark has him at the bottom of his Top 10. We covered this some weeks ago, and to put it simply, Scott thinks Jeffery’s going to be a star at the next level. Mark thinks he’s a bum. There are some question marks about Alshon and many positives as well, and we’ve noted those here, along with Michael Floyd’s.
Scott defends Jeffery one more time – simply put, this kid has special ability to go and get the ball. I want to see him with an actual quarterback throwing him the ball … and think the combine could be his chance to shine. I know Mark thinks he’s going to sink. Whatever. He’s a Cleveland Browns fan.
Floyd is No. 3 on Mark’s board and he’s in the bottom half of the Top 10 on Scott’s. Scott’s not a fan. There’s a lot of talent here, but not enough for him to take him at his current draft slot. Someone’s going to overpay, and get very little production out of this player. Check out our indepth coverage of Floyd here.
Mark defends Floyd one last time – The worst days are behind Floyd, he’s a game breaker and has the chip on his shoulder to prove it to all of his doubters.