Saturday, February 25, 2012
Justin Blackmon isn't a 'big' receiver
By Kevin Seifert
INDIANAPOLIS -- The issue of "big receivers" has been a big topic for us considering the annual outcry about the Chicago Bears' imbalanced roster and the Minnesota Vikings' futile attempts to find a replacement for Randy Moss -- a list that includes Sidney Rice, Vincent Jackson and Moss himself. So this post from NFC West colleague Mike Sando has relevance on several issues for us.
First, the combine has told us that Blackmon isn't a "big receiver" in the traditional sense, having measured at 6 feet and seven-eights of an inch and 207 pounds. That doesn't mean he won't be an excellent NFL receiver, but it does mean there wouldn't be much of a gap between his size and that of Bears incumbents Devin Hester (5-10 1/4 at his combine), Earl Bennett (5-11 1/4), Johnny Knox (5-11 1/4) and Dane Sanzenbacher (5-11).
I'm not saying the Bears wouldn't take Blackmon if he falls to their spot at No. 19 overall, but I'm not sure if he's what quarterback Jay Cutler had in mind last week when he spoke of the need for a receiver over 6-2.
Second, as Sando writes, Blackmon doesn't have the kind of frame teams have sought when drafting receivers among the top 3. Since 1985, there have been only two receivers under 6-3 who were a top-5 draft pick. That knowledge, combined with offensive tackle Ryan Kalil's performance at the combine, makes it hard to imagine that Blackmon is a legitimate candidate for the Vikings to draft at No. 3 -- or for another team to trade picks with in order to select him.