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."