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Why Blackmon could drop to 6

The first two picks are set with Luck and RG3 going to the Colts and Redskins. The Vikings should draft Matt Kalil because they have Charlie Johnson at LT. Here is when it gets tricky to predict. Most people will say that then the Browns will draft Blackmon. Blackmon does make a lot of sense here with the Browns not having threats at wide reciever with Mohamed Massaquoi, Greg Little, and return specialist Josh Cribbs at WR.

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However, history shows that during Mike Holmgren's time as a head coach and team president, only one wide reciever has been drafted in the first round which was Koren Robinson. He did however trade a first round pick for WR Deion Branch. That tells me he's not as high on drafting a wide reciever in the first round because of the high bust rate the position has. What he does like are cornerbacks. Five cornerbacks were drafted during his time with the Packers, Seahawks, and Browns, with the most recent being Joe Haden. The Browns lost Eric Wright to free agency (who wasn't very good) and Sheldon Brown, while still a good starter is 33 with this year being his last of his contract. So Morris Claiborne could be picked here. Claiborne to most, including me is a better overall prospect than Blackmon as well. So they could go for the best player available here. The other obvious choice here is Richardson which could happen, given how well Shaun Alexander worked out for him. Alexander was the only running back drafted in the first round under Holmgren. He often went offensive line in the first round, picking up running backs later. I just see them drafting a running back later though with the 22nd pick and 37th pick to address the WR and RB position. There are some good but not elite running back prospects after Trent Richardson.



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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock next. They just signed Vincent Jackson to a big contract to come in and by their number one reciever. They also have Mike Williams who had a 1000 recieving yards in his rookie year. Still they could draft Blackmon here and have a potent passing attack. Although, they could use an elite running game to complement what will be a good passing attack. They have LeGarrette Blount who did rush for over 1000 yards in his rookie year. Still, Blount has no concept of the passing game. He can't catch and he can't pass protect. On third downs they had to take him out because he's a non factor. He sometimes got less snaps than his backups and was benched a few times due to costly fumbles. He fumbled 5 times on 184 carries. So why not grab the best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson? Their head coach, Greg Schiano likes to run the ball when he has a great running back. In Ray Rice's junior year at Rutgers when Schiano was the coach, Rice carried the 380 times and had 25 receptions. Richardson is a complete back, and with him they could have a very good and balanced offense under Schiano.

Much to the excitement of Rams fans, that would lead Blackmon to fall to six. Fisher and Snead could still go elsewhere with this pick, there are some good defensive tackles here among other positions. However, Blackmon makes too much sense here with the need for a wide reciever. Not only a need, I think they are still going with the best player available here. Blackmon would be the shortest WR since Ted Ginn to be drafted in the top 10. However he plays bigger than his 6-1 frame. Blackmon's strength is short and intermediate routes. I would like to see him improve as a deep threat because he doesn't always track the deep ball well, letting them into his pads. Every prospect isn't without his weaknesses though. He could come in and start right away over what the Rams have outside.

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So there you have it on one possibility come draft day. Let me know what you think, and if you agree.



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