Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Justin Blackmon participates in a catch and run drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon had some questions to answer at his pro day on Friday. At the top of the list was whether or not he had the forty time worthy of the top wide receiver in the 2012 NFL Draft. Early returns for Blackmon are very positive, and the discussion can now begin, or continue, about his his draft stock.
Blackmon posted forty times below the 4.5 mark. Some, unofficial, reports had him as fast as the low side of 4.4, and there are even speedier reports popping up around the web.
That is exactly the time Blackmon needed to settle questions about his speed. His draft stock should benefit, even after teams adjust for the reportedly fast track at OSU.
The debate about Blackmon's status as a top-5 pick will continue. His speed aside, the tape shows a very good receiver, but many still wonder about his all-around potential.
Expect a rousing debate to continue up to and after the draft.
For the Rams, the only debate that matters is how the organization sees Blackmon. Is he worth a fourth or sixth pick in the draft?