Blackmon capped off the regular season with 102 catches for 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns, and added nine catches for 117 yards and two scores in the Alamo Bowl, including one from 71 yards out (shown below).
Coming into the Alamo Bowl, Blackmon led all FBS receivers in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, and ranked second behind only Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles in pass receptions among BCS conference players.
ESPN's Scouts Inc. ranks Blackmon the third-best receiver behind Georgia's AJ Green and Alabama's Julio Jones, both who are expected to make an impact immediately in the NFL. But Blackmon reminds me of former Oklahoma State receiver and up-and-coming NFL star Dez Bryant.
NFL mock draft website www.draftcountdown.com predicts Blackmon going to the Redskins at pick No. 13, which would benefit both parties, as Washington desperately needs a bona fide star at wideout.
Draft Countdown says this about Blackmon: "A sure-handed target with outstanding ball skills and body control, Blackmon is also a polished route runner and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more physical wideout in the college game."
You could certainly do much worse in the 2011 NFL Draft than taking a young, big, physical receiver who has produced against some of the best competition in the country. And if (and when) Green and Jones come off the board early in the first round, Blackmon will certainly be a great consolation prize.