2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Jaguars
There are very few deficiencies in Justin Blackmon's overall game. His best asset is an ability to get after the ball while it is in the air. Whether it is leaping up to make a tough catch or routinely securing passes anywhere in his wheelhouse, Blackmon catches everything and goes after the ball hard. He comes back to the ball and shields defenders with his frame to win at the point of attack.
Blackmon has accumulated a ton of production while at Oklahoma State, a team unafraid to let it rip offensively.
His route running lacks explosion, but he does well to confuse defenders using body language and quick feet. He is fast enough to get behind defenders and does great to go after deep passes. Blackmon can work between the hashes willingly. If not in the mix early, he can lose focus and not sell out on routes. He could improve after the catch and needs to be more violent when he secures the ball in order to break tackles and get free.
There are concerns to his game; in particular, he doesn't have game-breaking speed. For a player looking like a Top 10 pick, that is a concern. He certainly isn't slow, but he runs in the 4.5 40 yard dash range. The easy comparison right now i... [Read More
After redshirting in 2007, Branch played in seven contests in 2008, where he totaled 11 tackles. As a sophomore in 2009, Branch again did not start a game amidst the shadow of Da'Quan Bowers. However, as a junior he played in all 14 games and recorded 46 tackles (eight for loss). Now in a full-time starting role, the Richmond, VA native has blossomed into an elite pass-rusher. In nine outings (all starts) for 8-1 Clemson, Branch is first on the team in solo tackles (47), tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (8.5).
Branch has great size at 6'5'' and 260 pounds, although he does have room to add some bulk to that frame. He runs in the 4.7 range of the 40-yard dash and has been clocked as fast as 4.65 from that distance. He has the agility to be a rush linebacker in a 3-4 defense at the next level and the size to be an end in a 4-3 scheme. He can get his hands up and knock down balls at the line or drop back and break up passes. Branch had the physical tools to go pro after last year, but a made a smart decision to return to the Tigers. He should continue to improve his pass-rushing moves, aggressiveness, and first step off the ball. As it stands, Branch should be no worse than a thir... [Read More
Harris spent two years at El Camino Community College in California before transferring to Florida State. As a JUCO standout, the cornerback returned two interceptions for touchdowns and a fumble for a score. In his first season in Tallahassee, he made 41 tackles and tied for the team lead with four interceptions. Harris enjoyed his best college campaign as a full-time starter in 2011. He was second on the team with 58 tackles (six for loss), had one sack, returned his lone interception for 89 yards, and led the Seminoles with nine pass breakups and 10 passes defensed.
The Miami, FL native has decent size at 5'11'' and 195 pounds. He generally runs in the low-4.5s in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 4.42 from that distance. Harris is outstanding in the run department. He is a surprisingly big hitter and he has a knack for the backfield with great instincts. That physicality also translates to his good work engaging bigger receivers within five yards of the line of scrimmage. He needs to improve his pass-coverage fundamentals if he is going to be a shutdown corner at the next level. Early in his career Harris will likely play in nickel situations and contribute... [Read More