2012 Rookie WRs: Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
By Jeff Tefertiller
August 1st, 2012

Strengths: Blackmon was a very productive collegiate receiver as evidenced by his back-to-back Biletnikoff awards. He catches the ball well in traffic and has a special ability to high-point the ball in a crowd. Blackmon is at his best when possessing the ball. He has great hands and is strong after the catch, often breaking tackles for big gains.

Weaknesses: The former Oklahoma State star lacks elite speed and quickness. He tries to make up for his lack of foot speed by running good routes, but there is a fear that NFL cornerbacks will be too quick for the rookie - especially with Blaine Gabbert under center. Blackmon needs to learn how to better separate when faced with press coverage. Most of his receptions in college came off short (under 10 yards) routes. Can he beat a NFL corner on a deep out or crossing pattern? Blackmon needs to prove so on a consistent basis. Sadly, Blackmon also has legal troubles after being arrested on an aggravated DUI charge June 3 after authorities in Oklahoma said he had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

2012 Outlook: The Jaguars selected Blackmon with the fifth overall pick in April's NFL draft with the purpose of him being the focal point of the pass offense. He will be drafted as a fantasy WR2 but may struggle to meet those expectations as a rookie. Gabbert needs to improve mightily for the rookie receiver to be a consistent fantasy starter. Expect WR3 numbers in the Jaguar offense.

Dynasty Outlook: The dynasty outlook is better than the redraft. Jacksonville will upgrade the quarterback position in 2013 if Gabbert struggles again. Blackmon has a real chance to be a top-15 fantasy receiver for several seasons if he can learn how to get separation.

NFL Comparison: With his after-the-catch ability and physical stature, Blackmon is frequently compared to Anquan Boldin. Neither are fleet-footed, but they still find ways to put up solid numbers.

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