Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon made official after Monday's Fiesta Bowl what many have assumed for months: he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Leave it the two-time winner of the Biletnikoff Award to go out with a bang: he won MVP honors in the game by scoring three touchdowns among eight catches for 186 yards.
No one can accuse Blackmon of padding his stats, either: all three of his touchdowns came with Okie State trailing Stanford. His first two went for a combined 110 yards in the second quarter, and his final touchdown tied the game at 31-31 in the fourth:
The Cowboys and Cardinal would trade two more touchdowns before Quinn Sharp won the game with a 22-yard field goal in overtime, but it was Blackmon who brought his team back into the game and kept them there.
After the game, Blackmon confirmed that his next stop would be the NFL:
"I think I'm gonna go ahead and enter the draft and see what happens after that," he said.
Where will he end up? Many considered him to be the best wide receiver on the board even before he boosted his stock with his monster Fiesta Bowl performance. In SB Nation's most recent NFL mock draft, Ryan Van Bibber predicted Blackmon would go No. 6 to the Washington Redskins. Notre Dame's Michael Floyd and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffrey are a couple of inches bigger, but Blackmon's numbers are simply eye-popping, finishing the year with 121 receptions, 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns.