Blackmon will not run the 40 in Indianapolis
Earlier today, Justin Blackmon announced that he will not run the 40-yard dash at the Combine when the receivers work out on Sunday. In my opinion, it’s a copout.
Blackmon is a very talented receiver and many of the draftniks have him rated as the first receiver off the board. As much as I like Blackmon, I’m not buying that it’s a given he will be the first receiver drafted because like every year, we don’t have all the information.
As good as he is I have always questioned his top-end speed. While he is a fluid athlete, he plays like he is in the 4.58-4.60 range as far as speed. If that is what he indeed runs I doubt he will be the first receiver drafted.
I know, he says that he has a hamstring injury and so he won’t be able to run until Oklahoma State’s pro day in a few weeks. Trust me, it’s an excuse to buy him more time to prepare. What it tells me is he is not ready to compete against the other receivers on the same surface doing the same drills at the same time.
Last year I wrote a post about how interesting it would be to watch Julio Jones and A.J. Green compete against each other at the Combine. Both players worked out in the same group and Jones surprised many by testing out as a better athlete than Green. It was a great competition to watch and one of the highlights of last year’s Combine. This year I wanted to see the same thing with Blackmon competing against the likes of Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright and Marvin Jones. Too bad it won’t happen because of a “convenient” hamstring injury.