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Blackmon to 'do it all' at Combine; Fleener won't

Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:44 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 3:02 pm
 
NFL scouts will get the opportunity to see Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, who most rated as the elite wide receiver in the 2012 draft, participate fully in this week's Scouting Combine.

NFLDraftScout.com has learned that a high ankle sprain will keep another potential first round pass-catcher from doing the same, however. 

Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that Blackmon plans to "do it all" in Indianapolis this week and even predicts that he'll be timed between 4.4 and 4.5 seconds when he runs the 40-yard dash. Despite Blackmon dominating the competition at the collegiate level, including winning back to back Biletnikof Awards as the nation's elite receiver, scouts have reservations about his straight-line speed. Blackmon, in fact, has been routinely estimated as a receiver with 4.55-4.60 speed by area scouts who have scouted him numerous times in person. A perceived lack of top-end speed is the one physical characteristic Blackmon would appear to be lacking when compared to receivers taken in the top six in recent years like A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson. Scouts also have some reservations about Blackmon's decision-making off the field, in large part due to an arrest for driving while under the influence of alcohol in October, 2010. Blackmon was just 20 years old at the time.

While scouts will get some of their biggest questions answered about arguably the elite non-QB skill-position talent in the draft at the Combine, they'll have to wait until Stanford's March 22 Pro Day to see Coby Fleener, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior tight end, perform athletic drills. Considering that some guy named Luck is expected to throw that day as well as the presence of two first round caliber offensive linemen (OG David DeCastro, OT Jonathan Martin) also among those expected to be on hand for the workout, there should be plenty of decision-makers in Palo Alto for the workout.  

Ironically enough, Fleener suffered his ankle injury playing against Blackmon's Oklahoma State Cowboys January 3 in the Fiesta Bowl. The injury kept Fleener out of the Senior Bowl. According to a source close to the situation, Fleener has recovered suffiiciently from the injury but hasn't yet had an opportunity to prepare fully for the Combine-specific workouts. Though he won't be able to work out, Fleener will attend the Combine to participate in the medical testing and interview process.
Comments

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:56 am
 

Blackmon to 'do it all' at Combine; Fleener won't

Totally Agree.  A NON DIVA WR seemingly in a world filled with Truly Diva WRS.    If they want a 4.2, not gonna happen, but if you watched the Bowl game, and saw him dominate, after being injured, and bother by a slow start, ya know he has Top level skills.   And across from Green..??  Dalton is a Pro-Bowler with that duo, and Gresham.... 

I would love to see him Fall to the BUCS, and become the Michael Irvin of that Franchise, which really has NEVER had that Rice/Irvin/Carter type Franchise guy.    

Just good to see someone come out, and not be a wuss about everything......Good Luck JB81




Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:40 pm
 

Blackmon to 'do it all' at Combine; Fleener won't

Justin Blackmon will do it all at the combine because he can do it all. He has over 100 receptions each of the past two seasons and is football fast, meaning with pads on he can line up wide and beat deep any cornerback in the NFL. His strong hands and physical game make him a great 3rd down option in the slot. Writers speaking of his intangibles seem only to mention his dui arrest, not his ability to step up in the biggest of games, where he takes over the stage (see Fiesta Bowl highlights). As a lifetime Bengals fan and seaon ticket holder, my hope is the Bengals trade up for this beast of a baller, to lineup opposite A.J. Green. Who Dey!


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