Draft watch: Justin Blackmon


Lots of draft-related queries already flowing in, even with four games left in the season. So I'll try and take a look every now and then at some draft-related news that could be of interest in our division.

Today's big draft news is that Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon has decided to enter the draft. Blackmon ranked second in the nation this year with 113 catches and fourth with 1,336 receiving yards. Both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have him rated as the No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the 2012 draft, and both have him in their top 10 overall. Mel says he's "a better prospect than recent OSU star Dez Bryant," and Todd lauds his "great hands, ball skills and body control."

The most obvious fit in this division is the Washington Redskins, who would have the No. 5 pick in the draft as of right now and could use an impact wide receiver. Washington is desperately in need of a quarterback and likely would be wiser to take one there instead of trying pull off what the Bengals did in the 2011 draft when they took receiver A.J. Green in the first round and quarterback Andy Dalton high in the second. But if the Redskins found some other way to address quarterback -- say, by acquiring a highly-regarded, starter-ready backup like the Packers' Matt Flynn, a stud receiver like Blackmon could end up being their first-round target.

The only other NFC East team for which Blackmon might fit is the Philadelphia Eagles, and that's only if they were to cut ties with DeSean Jackson. If they franchise or extend Jackson and bring him back along with Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles are set at receiver and wouldn't need to burn a high draft pick on one. But if Jackson, who has been open about his dissatisfaction over his contract situation, is gone after this year, it's not out of the question that the Eagles might try and find a replacement for him in the first round. Through Week 13, they would be picking eighth.