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Top-rated WR Blackmon proves speed with 4.4 times

Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:32 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2012 6:37 pm
 
After measuring in shorter and lighter than expected and showing a lack of explosion during receiving drills at the 2012 Scouting Combine, the pressure was on Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon to perform well at his Pro Day

It appears that he did precisely that. Former St. Louis Rams' Vice President of Player Personnel Tony Softli reported on Twitter that three separate scouts had clocked Blackmon in the low 4.4s (4.43, 4.44, 4.45) in the 40-yard dash Friday.  

NFLDraftScout.com confirmed the time with one of our own sources on hand, who had Blackmon at 4.45 seconds. Our source also reports that Blackmon registered a 35.5" vertical jump. 

While Blackmon, the reigning back to back Biletnikof winner as the nation's top wide receiver, had enjoyed a stellar career with the Cowboys there had been plenty of concern about his straight-line speed. Multiple scouts had estimated Blackmon in the mid 4.5s throughout this season and earlier in his career.

The faster than expected times, by themselves, won't dramatically increase Blackmon's stock. They do, however, help assure scouts that Blackmon has the speed to continue his big playmaking ways against NFL competition and likely solidify his stock as a top 10 -- or perhaps even top five -- prospect. 

Blackmon had been rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1 receiver and is our No. 5 rated prospect, overall. 
 
At this point Blackmon and the rest of the Cowboys are still working out. NFLDraftScout.com will have a full report from the Oklahoma State Pro Day after it ends.
Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2012 10:05 am
 

Top-rated WR Blackmon proves speed with 4.4 times

This kid is the real deal and will impact any team his 1st year. If he touches the ball he catches the ball.



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2012 10:13 pm
 

Top-rated WR Blackmon proves speed with 4.4 times

I called it before the season started that this guy was going to end up being a top ten pick after proving himself one more season. Sad that Blackmon had to prove himself at a workout with a fast 40 time after the #'s he has put up in college. The comparisons to Crabtree are not even close, Blackmon is going to be a stud in the NFL. St Louis should snag him at #6 overall to give Bradford a #1 option at WR which would be the perfect start to a bright future for the Rams. I can't wait to watch Blackmon become a star in the NFL.



Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2012 2:05 am
 

Top-rated WR Blackmon proves speed with 4.4 times

This guy is a stud....   Dez Bryant is a freak and eveyone from coaches to scouts to mutual teammates say this guy is clearly better!!  Especially where it counts...  on the field!  The forty times prove he has top level turnover speed to get by NFL corners (cause let's be honest...  nobody in the Big 12 can defend)   The 6' measurement only means that he's not Andre Johnson or Megatron.  But if he's a notch below those guys he's still a top 5 pick.  This guy... with Bradford... indoors... would be scary



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2012 7:23 pm
 

Top-rated WR Blackmon proves speed with 4.4 times

The scouts estimated he would run in the mid 4.5's? Well they were right, as a rule of thumb you can add about a full tenth to a players pro day time to estimate what he would have done at the combine. There is really no way to compare his 40 time to other players since it was under different circumatances. The 40 time really means nothing.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2012 3:25 pm
 

Top-rated WR Blackmon proves speed with 4.4 times

I hope the Vikings grab Matt Kalil and Justin Blackmon falls to the Browns. The possibility of Ryan Tannehill throwing to both Blackmon and Greg Little.....now that's what I'm talking about!!!



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: March 11, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Top-rated WR Blackmon proves speed with 4.4 times

It looks like he will be a good one!



Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2012 3:16 am
 

Top-rated WR Blackmon proves speed with 4.4 times

Being a Viking fan, I hope he goes at number three, and then take an O-lineman in the second round!



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2012 1:41 pm
 

Top-rated WR Blackmon proves speed with 4.4 times

Will he last to the 6th pick? 



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 7:47 pm
 

Top-rated WR Blackmon proves speed with 4.4 times

Immediate major impact.If Rams pass on him it will show their ineptness and lack of vision as a franchise. This guy cant miss!


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