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NFL defenses get next shot at trying to stop Justin Blackmon

by Jenni Carlson Modified: January 3, 2012 at 12:55 am •  Published: January 3, 2012

GLENDALE, Ariz. — On a glorious night in the desert, Justin Blackmon was the best player on the field.

Yes, I realize Andrew Luck was on the same University of Phoenix Stadium turf. Yes, I know everyone considers the Stanford quarterback the best college football player to ever walk the planet or something crazy like that.

And there's no doubt that Luck is good.

Blackmon was better Monday night.

As a result, so was Oklahoma State.

OSU 41, Stanford 38 in overtime.

“I could've had no catches and no touchdowns,” the Cowboy receiver said, “and as long as we would've won, I would've been excited.”

But without Blackmon, the Cowboys couldn't have won. He had eight catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns, which tied a Fiesta Bowl record for touchdown catches in a game.

Roll those numbers around your head a bit. That many yards and that many touchdowns on only eight touches?


Then again, that word describes Blackmon perfectly. Before the start of last season, he was an unknown. Now, he is the two-time winner of the Biletnikoff Award and the best wide receiver in college football.

And soon, he's going to be one of the best in the NFL. After the game during a television interview, Blackmon made official what everyone has suspected since he joined the festivities during the Cowboys' Senior Day.

“I think I am going to go ahead and enter the draft and see what happens after that,” he said.

Here's what's going to happen — he's going to be one of the first few players taken in the draft, and he's going to go have a big-time career in the NFL.

Blackmon is that kind of special.

Here's an idea that might blow your mind: Blackmon to St. Louis.

Right now, the Rams have the second pick in the draft. They have no star wide receivers to help a franchise-type of quarterback. Guy you might've heard of. Fellow by the name of Sam Bradford.

How does Bradford to Blackmon sound?

It doesn't have quite as smooth a ring as Weeden to Blackmon, but I suspect the good folks of St. Louis would come to love Bradford to Blackmon.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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