2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Says Justin Blackmon

Draft guru Mel Kiper says Justin Blackmon is the best pick for the St. Louis Rams. Why?

Good thing they do not score 2012 NFL Mock Drafts on creativity, thinking outside the box and that sort of thing. Mel Kiper, ESPN draft guru and the man giving Donald Trump a run for the best hair in America, phoned in, er, released his latest mock draft on Wednesday. It had a familiar name for the St. Louis Rams, a name that has become anathema to some fans.

Oklahoma State wide receiver is considered by many to be the best player at his position in the draft, at least the most NFL-ready. So why are people so "meh" when they hear his name?

Michael Floyd is getting some late press and challenging Blackmon for the unofficial title of best receiver in the draft. Earlier today we asked Rams fans who was their top receiver, and so far a two-thirds majority says Blackmon over Floyd.

Here is Kiper's take on the pick:

The possibility remains that St. Louis could move off this spot, but if they stay here and get Blackmon, they'll immediately upgrade a huge weakness, which is the lack of talented options for Sam Bradford in the passing game. Blackmon's speed is adequate, but his smarts, ball skills, route-running and work habits translate to a guy that can contribute immediately, which is what this offense desperately needs.

He has a point about the immediate dividends thing. Of course, some would argue guys like Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu can make a difference right away and be had early in the second round.

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