This is my second verses post of the week but this one will be a little different than the Sam Bradford vs Andrew Luck in the aspect that I'll list the the strengths and weaknesses of both in their own sections, explain which is better and which I would prefer under our system. Oh and before I start I will not bring up stats (as in yards) in this post for the same reason that I didn't in my Sam Bradford vs Andrew Luck post. The reason is we all know the big 12 conference is pass happy and pretty much pad their stats where as the SEC doesn't, so therefore bringing in numbers doesn't make any sense because although a player can have less yards doesn't mean they're not as good. More after the jump...Justin Blackmon
Well in layman's terms Blackmon is a baller. Although he is only 6'1, he plays way bigger than he actually is and watching him play against OU year in and year out I have no choice but to have some respect for him (you have no clue how much that hurts my soul to say). Good strength and above-average speed. Great hands, catches the ball away from his body. Tough, physical player who isn't afraid to go over the middle and go up for the ball in traffic. Picks up yards after the catch and after first contact. Solid ball skills and great body control to adjust to the ball in the air. Competitive guy who goes all out every play.
Speaking of Blackmon there really aren't that many flaws that you can count out but they are there. I think it was a couple of weeks ago he was about to walk into the end-zone and he fumbled the ball. This tells me that he does have some maturity that needs to happen but this is to be expected out of a college athlete so I don't hold it to much against him, all I have to say is finish man. Also his height is also a concern to many as I said above he's 6'1 which could be a problem in the NFL. Also he doesn't have a great burst off the line, needs to polish his route running a little, isn't the quickest at getting in and out of his breaks and he must improve his blocking skill.
The Way I look at Blackmon:
I think with the work ethic that Blackmon has he could be a very good #1 in the NFL. I have my concerns about him but if we did pick him but in the draft I wouldn't be mad, the dudes a baller and I respect him for that.
Comparisons: T.O. with better hands and less of an attitude
Here's Blackmon against Prince Amukamara (1st round pick in last years draft)
Also one of his highlights from last season:
At 6'4 229 pounds Alshon is the prototypical size and height for an NFL WR. Great size, good strength and good hand. My major thing that I like about Jeffery is the red-zone presence, he could be a big RZ target for Sam Bradford. Even though he doesn't have the greatest speed he can still get open and even when a defender think they have him covered he can still come up with the ball and he also has a great knack for adjusting to the ball.
Alshon Jeffery doesn't have that many glaring holes but he doesn't have the greatest speed and there's been some worry about his numbers this year. Many think for this reason his draft stock is dropping. For some reason I've also been hearing around here that he's had problems with his weight, is there any truth to this? And if so then there's some worries about his work ethic
The Way I look at Jeffery:
Jeffery could most defiantly be a force to be messed with in the NFL and if his QB play in SC improves I wouldn't worry to much about his production. He defiantly warrants a top 5-10 pick.
Here's a video of what he did against Alabama last season (total beast mode)
Also one of his highlights from last season:
Well from me watching both of them play I'll stay on my bandwagon of Jeffery and say he is better. But I do believe that we should draft Blackmon. I know most are thinking "but didn't you just say Jeffery is better, do you have amnesia"?! Well I did say Jeffery is better IMO but look at the system we run. We run a Spread Offense now under McHoody which would make Blackmon the perfect WR for this system sense that's that he's in now at OSU. Now will I be mad with either of these WRs, hell no but Blackmon might be better suited for the offense that the Rams is running. Also to add onto this most of you have watched me rave over our need for a RZ target that Sam could depend on but I've also said multiple times how situational DX is, what do these two things have to do with each other? I'm sure that Jeffery could be a threat in the red-zone but we already have a 6'5 receiver by the name of Danario Alexander who could easily be used in red-zone packages and also down and distant packages. Although our receivers unit is through and through... crap (to not get too colorful) we do have some pieces that could have some value in the offense.
Better for our system: Blackmon
So there are my thoughts on the top two WRs coming out in this years draft and which I would rather have on the Rams. Tell me whether you agree or disagree below and which you would rather have. As Always..
Which WR would you rather have on the Rams roster next season?
Alshon Jeffery (54 votes)
Justin Blackmon (111 votes)
165 total votes