Justin Blackmon Expected To Be Among Top Picks In 2012 NFL Draft

Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon enters the NFL draft as one of the top available players.

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Vikings Narrow List To Morris Claiborne, Matt Kalil Or Justin Blackmon

The Minnesota Vikings are sitting pretty with the No. 3 pick in next week's 2012 NFL Draft. They have narrowed their choice down to three possible candidates.

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2012 NFL Draft: It All Hinges On The Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns control the shape of the 2012 NFL Draft with their fourth pick. What will they do?

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Justin Blackmon Falls To 2nd Round On Some NFL Draft Boards

Oklahoma State wideout Justin Blackmon has been the top receiver on several draft boards since the end of the regular season. Pro Football Weekly writer Nolan Nawrocki says that may longer be the case, however. According to one NFL GM, Blackmon could fall as low as the second round on some draft boards due to character concerns.

"I just don't see it," the GM said. "I heard everyone raving about his pro day. Am I the only one who thought it was an average workout? He ran a 4.51 and 4.52 on my watch. The workout itself, I thought, was average at best. I didn't see any twitch or explosion. He has been raised by Dez Bryant. They are both knuckleheads - I've heard the Vegas stories. There are some (red) flags there."

Blackmon reportedly did not fly home with his teammates from the 2012 Fiesta Bowl, and instead flew to Las Vegas. He also elected not to participate in the combine, which may have rubbed some GMs the wrong way. At the very least, there is some indication that Notre Dame's Michael Floyd has moved past Blackmon after running well at the combine while measuring two inches taller and 13 pounds heavier.

Of course, there are still plenty of powerful opinions high on what the prolific receiver did in college. According to another GM:

"I don't know how (Blackmon) gets past Cleveland or Jacksonville," said the GM. "He's a playmaker. He's got that bullshit to him, but almost all of them at that position have it. Look at Michael Irvin and Steve Smith and DeSean Jackson. When (Blackmon) is on the field, he competes. Guys can beat him up off the field, but he has been productive in every big-game competition. He's not in the same class as Julio Jones or A.J. Green. Those guys were more elite athletically. But the kid ran a 4.47 and 4.49 (at his pro day) - he is 4.50 all day on tape."

For more on the 2012 NFL Draft, check out SB Nation's dedicated section and blog Mocking the Draft.

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Justin Blackmon Weighs In; Won't Run 40-Yard Dash At NFL Combine

Justin Blackmon is on several draft boards as the best receiving prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft. His resume over three seasons at Oklahoma State is quite impressive, highlighted by two Biletnikoff Awards given following his sophomore and junior seasons. Blackmon didn't do himself many favors at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, however, reporting in at an inch under his listed 6-1 height, and opting out of the 40-yard dash due to a tender hamstring.

Blackmon is considered by many to be a Top 5 pick in this year's draft class. Whether he has the top-end speed to be an elite receiver at the next level has been one of his biggest questions from scouts, however. His performance in the 40 was one of the more highly anticipated storylines heading into the weekend. Instead, we will have wait until his Pro Day next week to find out just how speedy he is.

For news and information regarding the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For more on the 2012 NFL Draft, check out SB Nation's dedicated section and Mocking the Draft.

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Justin Blackmon, NFL Draft 2012: Blackmon Hires Agent Todd France

Oklahoma St. Cowboys wide receiver Justin Blackmon has selected an agent, hiring Atlanta-based Todd France of France AllPro Athlete Management, Darren Heitner of Sports Agent Blog reports.

France represents several NFL wide receivers, including Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Eddie Royal of the Denver Broncos, Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacoby Ford of the Oakland Raiders, Harry Douglas of the Atlanta Falcons and Golden Tate of the Seattle Seahawks.

In addition to Thomas and Bowe, France has represented recent first-round picks Marcell Dareus (Buffalo Bills), Prince Amukamara (New York Giants), Dan Williams (Arizona Cardinals) and Vontae Davis (Miami Dolphins).

Blackmon is projected to be a Top 5 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, perhaps going as highly as No. 2 overall to the St. Louis Rams. The second overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Broncos linebacker Von Miller, signed a four-year contract worth a fully guaranteed $21 million.

For more on Blackmon, visit Oklahoma State blog Cowboys Ride For Free. For more NFL Draft, head to Mocking The Draft.

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2012 NFL Draft: Justin Blackmon Declares After Monster Fiesta Bowl

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.

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2012 NFL Draft: Justin Blackmon Appears Bound For Pros

Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon looks like a lock to enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

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