For many college players with NFL ambitions often contemplate whether they should take their talents to the next level, and 20-year old redshirt sophomore wide receiver Justin Blackmon is one of those players.
Typically, redshirt sophomores are a year or two away from officially declaring with hopes of refining their skills. However, for Blackmon, he has shown the country through his on-field performances that it is time to take his skills to the next level.
Blackmon’s receiving skills are on par with former Pittsburgh Panther and now Arizona Cardinals’ receiver Larry Fitzgerald. These two guys are tall, physical receivers who can outrun, out-jump and out-maneuver defensive backs and is a quarterback’s dream.
Fitzgerald left early as a junior, and it appears Blackmon is destined to follow with the NFL Draft just around the corner.
Blackmon re-wrote the Oklahoma State record books and put up astonishing numbers that no one can ignore with him only being a redshirt sophomore. The six-foot two, 215 pound receiver has 111 receptions for 1,782 yards this season.
Blackmon played in twelve games and had more than 100 yards receiving in each of them.
In Oklahoma State’s bowl game versus Arizona, the speedy sophomore put on another show and took a page out of Philadelphia Eagle Desean Jackson’s celebration book as he caught two touchdowns, including a 71-yard reception.
The Oklahoma State football team completed its first 11-win season with a 36-10 victory over Arizona in the Valero Alamo Bowl. The win is likely to move Oklahoma State closer to the Top 10 when the final polls come out.
Press reports suggest that Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy will talk with his star receiver in a few days and gauge on whether he will decide to stay for another year.
Despite Blackmon’s physical dominance on the field, he was out for one game in the 2010 season and that was due to the fact that star wide receiver had been arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge.
Coach Mike Gundy suspended Blackmon for the Kansas State game during the regular season. Blackmon showed contrition and said he takes full responsibility for his lack of judgment. However, these things could have an affect on his draft status.
Dez Bryant, Blackmon’s former teammate has to deal with similar concerns and it did affect his own draft status before finally being selected by the Dallas Cowboys.
For the most part, it appears Blackmon’s DUI charge is mostly a blip instead of a trend and if he decides to declare for the NFL Draft, expect him to be drafted in the Top 10 to 15 of the first round in late April 2011.