Justin Blackmon expected to enter 2012 NFL Draft

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is expecting star wide receiver Justin Blackmon to forgo his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

"If he wants to come back, he's certainly welcome. We will have a party," Gundy told the media on Sunday. "But I can't imagine that he would be back again. He has somewhat solidified himself as a top-five pick (overall). If it were my son and he were a top-five pick, I would encourage him to move on."

Whether or not Blackmon is a top-five candidate is in question. NFL teams will have to likely choose between him and fellow junior Alshon Jeffery of South Carolina and senior Michael Floyd of Notre Dame.

This season, though, Blackmon is certainly making a case for such a high pick. On the year, he has 74 receptions for 834 yards and 10 touchdowns. On multiple occasions, Blackmon has made impressive catches that few other receivers in the nation could. But at other times his hands have been inconsistent.

With teams like the St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars likely to pick high in the first round, though, Blackmon won't have wait around long on draft day.
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