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What they're saying about Justin Blackmon's draft stock

Compiled by Gina Mizell, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: April 24, 2012
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ESPN/Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay: “He's not a truly elite receiver prospect like Calvin Johnson or A.J. Green, but Blackmon has the hands, route-running skills and physical style to be a playmaker on the perimeter.”

NFL Network's Michael Lombardi: “I believe there are more teams in the league that don't think Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon is a true No. 1 receiver than do. This is not to say he's a poor player, but he is not rare talent, not overwhelmingly special.”

Sports Illustrated's Peter King: “The Rams love Trent Richardson (join the club), and the 6-foot-1, 207-pound Blackmon doesn't have the size they prefer: Calvin Johnson has him by four inches and 29 pounds. But St. Louis is woefully deficient at receiver, and Blackmon's ability to get open on quick slants and deep routes is beyond instinctive.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune Vikings beat writer Dan Wiederer: “For young quarterback Christian Ponder to truly take the next step in his development, he needs a guy who can make plays down the field on the outside. Blackmon's college production was incredibly impressive. He's a playmaker, plain and simple. His skill set would only help to diversify an offense that features (Percy) Harvin and Adrian Peterson.”

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