The NCAA leader in career receptions caught on with the Detroit Lions in the second round of the NFL Draft.
TULSA - What a night for a young man from Ardmore, Oklahoma.
When Justin Blackmon first came to OSU, he was a skinny and undersized member of the college version of the practice squad.
Heck Dez Bryant was the star. Not enough publicity to go around, or footballs for that matter.
Now Blackmon is a pro too, to catch passes for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Four years later, here is Blackmon, not only taken in the first round of the NFL draft, but a 5th pick overall. Bryant didn't get picked until the 20's by the Dallas Cowboys.
Jacksonville even traded up to get ahead of the St. Louis Rams, who wanted a classy receiver for Sam Bradford. The Jaguars got their man, the Rams did not.
You love to see good guys have good things happen to them.
Blackmon was always accomodating to the media, and especially the fans.
He even took a young lady with special needs to the draft in New York with him, so she could enjoy the time in the Big Apple.
Can't say Jacksonville is a perfect team for Blackmon. They lack a really decent quarterback.
Heck, they may not even be in Jacksonville midway through Blackmon's contract.
Not many fans have been going to games in northern Florida these days, and they have been threatening to move the franchise for years.
At any rate, Blackmon gets the big paycheck as the 5th overall pick, and the best of luck.
He certainly gave us so many thrills around here.
Hope he keeps it up in the pro game.
Local athletes and the Draft
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BLOG | What a night for a young man from Ardmore, Oklahoma.
BLOG | OU's Ryan Broyles was having such a tremendous career with the Sooners. Most catches, most TDs, the whole enchilada. And then his knee gave out. Now he awaits his fate with the NFL draft coming up.
Ten years after being selected in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees, the former Cowboy slinger goes to the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd pick in the 1st round.
He is the highest picked OSU wide receiver since Dez Bryant went 24th overall to the Dallas Cowboys in 2010.
BLOG | Justin Blackmon was a skinny kid the day OSU teammate Dez Bryant was taken in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys. Not only has Blackmon gained size and stature, but his wallet is about to grow as well.
BLOG | With the NFL draft quickly approaching, the debate continues concerning Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Former OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden sat down with former NFL head coach and current analyst Jon Gruden recently, an interview that ESPN aired Wednesday.
Less than five months after a severe knee injury and consequent surgery on a torn ligament, All-American receiver Ryan Broyles ran the 40-yard dash and a handful of routes for NFL scouts.