INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Wide receiver Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State catches a pass during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
This selection and write-up was made by pt_999:
Since the the Rams took Matt Kalil with the second pick, the Vikings will have to go with Blackmon. They were rated 28th in passing and with a young QB like Ponder, who will need more than Percy Harvin, Kyle Rudolph, and Devin Aromashodu (*a UFA who probably won't be brought back) to help develop Ponder. With a player like Blackmon, the Vikings will not have to put most of the offense on Adrian Peterson's shoulders.
Adding Blackmon to the Vikings' offense will help improve the passing game as Ponder matures along with the overall offense of the Vikings. Blackmon will probably take over as the No. 1 receiver right away, allowing Percy Harvin to slip into the No. 2 spot. I expect Blackmon to have 60 to 70 receptions, 800 to 900 yards receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns.
I think the Vikings would ultimately like to end up with Kalil, which would happen if any team decides to trade up to No. 2 to take Griffin. Given that Kalil is gone, though, what about the scenario of the Vikings taking Robert Griffin III? I know they just took a quarterback in the first round last year, but surely they did not see themselves in this type of position the following year (plus, I have my doubts that Ponder will ever be anything more than average). Sticking with the more likely scenario of them not giving up on Ponder, Blackmon can be a good addition to an offense that really underachieved last year.
The Cleveland Browns are on the clock next (email has been sent to rufio).
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|10||Buffalo||The New Kardiac Kids
|12||Seattle||Jon @ DBN
|31||New England||Boston Browns