Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon along with Alabama running back Trent Richardson and LSU corner Morris Claiborne appear the top three targets for the Cleveland Browns with the fourth pick in next week’s draft.
Adam “The Bull” and Dustin Fox continued their draft interviews with potential Browns targets Monday afternoon on 92.3 The Fan.
This time it was Blackmon’s opportunity to sell himself to fans on The Fan.
The Oklahoma State receiver was fairly guarded when speaking about the Browns specifically but confident he will fit in well with the NFL and become the dominant receiver that he is projected to be.
“It was a good visit,” Blackmon said of his visit with the Browns nearly two weeks ago. “I thought it was a great place. I met with a few coaches.
“I didn’t get to see much but it was nice what I did (see).”
Listed at 6-1, 207 lbs, Blackmon feels that his physicality as a receiver will be a benefit and translate well. He also acknowledged that route running is always an area of improvement.
In 2010, Blackmon caught 111 passes for 1,782 yards (breaking Larry Fitzgerald’s record for sophomores) and 20 touchdowns. He set an NCAA record with at least 100 yards and one touchdown in all 12 games in a season. Blackmon then added 122 catches, 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns last season.
He left the Cowboys with a bang by finishing his college career with eight catches, 182 yards and touchdowns of 43, 67 and 17 yards in a 41-38 overtime win over Stanford in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
He also had a solid quarterback in Brandon Weeden.
With the Browns holding the No. 4, 22 and 37 overall picks, there’s a chance that Blackmon and Weeden could be reunited – in Cleveland.
“It’d be a lot of fun,” Blackmon said. “Just being there and to (maybe) have Brandon there with me would definitely be a fun process and make it easier to transition to (the NFL).”
Teams, including the Browns, are concerned about Wedden’s age – 28. They shouldn’t be according to Blackmon.
“He’s proven it every week that we played these last few years that his age isn’t a problem,” Blackmon said. “He’s a competitor. He likes to compete and he’s got a strong arm.
“He’s an intelligent man and he’s the best quarterback in the nation in my mind.”
As for his own future, Blackmon has tried to tune out the pre-draft conversation concerning his ever changing stock value.
“I try to ignore it all – the good and the bad,” Blackmon said. “It changes every week and if you really paid attention to it your mind would be spinning all the time. I try to control only the things that I can control and that’s me getting myself prepared to get ready for the transition.”
Early in March a report surfaced that three potential top-10 picks made it privately known that they do not want the Browns to draft them. Considering the Browns uncertain quarterback situation some assumed that Blackmon might be one of them.
“I don’t have any team that I wouldn’t play for,” Blackmon said. “I’ve made trips to different places and liked them all. I definitely wouldn’t mind coming to Cleveland and playing but it’s not up to me it’s up to the people that make the decision.’
As of now, Colt McCoy is the Browns starting quarterback.
One this is clear – Blackmon hardly gave him a ringing endorsement when asked about possibly teaming up with McCoy.
“Colt McCoy he’s a good quarterback,” Blackmon said. “He’s a competitor and he likes to go out there and compete.”
While the Browns are in the market next week for a receiver or two, Blackmon clearly hopes that if he is the Browns target with the fourth pick that they are in the market for a new quarterback too.