Since the Panthers’ season is over, it is time for the team to start looking towards the draft. I’m here to analyze the possible candidates for the Panthers.
In similar fashion to last off-season, I’m not going to write one huge article about 7 players, but instead I am going to focus on one player a week. I’m doing so because things change, and we have a while until the draft. Of course most people think we should draft a defensive player, but I am one for drafting the best available. Whats the point of the draft if you are going to pass up the next Jerry Rice or Jake Long? So to start things off, I’m going to focus on a player from a conference I know very well, the Big 12. I’m a huge Texas Tech fan and saw this player obliterate Tech’s defense in their meeting this season. Check back after the break for some insight on the illustrious Justin Blackmon
Brandon mentioned in an earlier article that there is a possibility that Blackmon could be taken by the Panthers. Some people think this is a terrible mistake and that the Cats should take a defensive player with the 8th/9th pick. I said that I’m one of those people, but if Blackmon is available, I say to hell with the defense. There is too much potential for Blackmon. He has the possibility of making the Panthers have the best offense in the league.
With Blackmon, the Panthers have 4 stud receivers, as well as 2 stud tight ends. The thought of Blackmon makes me think of Green Bay. The Pack have so many offensive weapons, that even with a shabby defense, teams find it difficult to keep up with the fast paced offense. Carolina could possibly forge such a strong offense, that it would be hard for teams to stop them at all.
So lets get to the stats. Obviously last night Blackmon had an amazing game: 8 receptions 186 yards and 3 TDs. You can’t argue with that in a bowl game. He was constantly breaking tackles, and looked to be unstoppable. He helped Okie State stay in the game (thought Stanford’s kicker helped a bit more). Blackmon made Stanford scared, and you saw them pass more, because they knew that Blackmon and Weeden were a duel threat.
So for the season, Blackmon had 121 receptions, 1522 receiving yards, and 18 TD’s. Not only are those numbers amazing, but the next best receiver had 71 receptions, 715 receiving yards and 3 TD’s. Its apparent that Blackmon is the heart and soul of the Okie State offense. He has the ability to change games, as we saw in the Fiesta Bowl. Personally I think the Panthers would be making a mistake by passing up on Blackmon if he is available.