Over the last 24 hours, two of the country's top wide receiver prospects have declared their intentions to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State, widely considered the top prospect at his position, and Mohamed Sanu of Rutgers will both head to the NFL this year, according to Mocking the Draft. Both names could figure into the St. Louis Rams draft considerations this year.
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Sanu looks like a second-round pick, perhaps capable of sneaking into the latter part of the first round. His best asset is his hands. For the sake of lazy comparisons, he'd be a better version of Austin Pettis. Here's a scouting report.
Blackmon is a potential top five pick this year. While most would rank him below A.J. Green and Julio Jones, the top receivers in last year's draft, he's still a dynamic playmaker capable of being a number one in the NFL. Blackmon had eight catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns in the Fiesta Bowl last night. It did nothing to hurt his draft stock.
If the Rams manage to trade down, and stay in the top 10, they would have to consider Blackmon who fills what has been the team's biggest need for a long, long time. That need becomes even greater with Brandon Lloyd likely to leave as a free agent if Josh McDaniels bolts town.