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OSU's Blackmon not sure on NFL

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09:45 AM ET 12.07 | Oklahoma State star wideout Justin Blackmon remains undecided on whether he'll leave school early for the 2011 NFL draft. "I haven't thought about it at all," Blackmon said. "That's something I have to look forward to. Right now I'm just focusing on the Alamo Bowl and getting ready for the game." As a redshirt sophomore, Blackmon is eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft, and is projected as a first-round pick after recording one of the most prolific seasons in school history. The Big 12's offensive player of the year leads the country in receiving yards per game (151.36) and touchdown catches (18) and ranks second in receptions (102).

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December 7, 2010  09:50 AM ET

I'd take him in a heart beat...

December 7, 2010  09:51 AM ET

If he is a guaranteed first rounder, take the money and run. College will always be there if you are serious about an education. The athletic ability is a severely limited resource. Cash in on it now, if you are a first rounder.

December 7, 2010  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If he is a guaranteed first rounder, take the money and run. College will always be there if you are serious about an education. The athletic ability is a severely limited resource. Cash in on it now, if you are a first rounder.

+1 Stash the cash in the bank then go back and pursue the degree.

December 7, 2010  10:00 AM ET

He's saying the right things (coach has to love that) - but I'm sure he's "thought about it."

Morning guys - nice of the interns to load up something new.

December 7, 2010  10:10 AM ET

It would not do any good to go pro if there is a lockout. The gamble of coming out early just got some worse odds...

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December 7, 2010  10:17 AM ET

Agreed...i think he's a 1st rounder. What really will happen to these guys if there is a lockout? I would assume they have lost their eligibility and can't return to school??

December 7, 2010  10:29 AM ET
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Agreed...i think he's a 1st rounder. What really will happen to these guys if there is a lockout? I would assume they have lost their eligibility and can't return to school??

Excellent point.....

December 7, 2010  10:29 AM ET
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Agreed...i think he's a 1st rounder. What really will happen to these guys if there is a lockout? I would assume they have lost their eligibility and can't return to school??

I really think the NCAA should consider waiving the eligibility rule if a lockout happens. That would be a bad situation to be stuck in.

December 7, 2010  10:31 AM ET
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He def put up some big numbers... Some good WRs this year coming out in Green ..Jones.. And him.. Would think he would be a 1st Rounder

Don't know if he could take a winter in Buffalo, Denver, or Detroit. Seattle and San Francisco would be a fit.

December 7, 2010  10:35 AM ET
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I really think the NCAA should consider waiving the eligibility rule if a lockout happens. That would be a bad situation to be stuck in.

They can waive potential eligibility issues (Cam Newton), but a kid can't lie about meeting a former NFL player (See D. Sanders/Dez Bryant), so why not?

December 7, 2010  10:43 AM ET

Go now. You are a projected first rounder. if you stay you could get hurt or your team has a bad season. Take the money.

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December 7, 2010  12:17 PM ET
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I really think the NCAA should consider waiving the eligibility rule if a lockout happens. That would be a bad situation to be stuck in.

No kidding....no college progrma to keep in shape, no combines to keep them in shape....these kids could end up w/o anyone to "incent" them to stay in shap but themselves, and we've all seen atheletes fail under that structure.

Selfishly, I would love to see a junior QB return to Arky for a senior year because of a lockout!

December 7, 2010  12:20 PM ET
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The looming NFL lockout ought to change Blackmon's mind. Stay at Okie Lite for now and enjoy the ride.

They won't know for sure before he decides.

December 7, 2010  12:20 PM ET

No offense to Mr. Blackmon or his future, but shouldn't the interns be more concerned with generating traffic?

Is no one pointing out that stories like this only go 2 or 3 pages?

More CBB, or more inflammatory stories like, "OU can't win a bowl game to save its life", or, "Who stinks more UF or UTx?", or "Bama. Ha ha."

December 7, 2010  12:21 PM ET
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Agreed...i think he's a 1st rounder. What really will happen to these guys if there is a lockout? I would assume they have lost their eligibility and can't return to school??

The BIG problem with what you just said, though, is Signing Day has already happened. What happens if a school signs to the 85 limit and then someone is waived to go back to school? All of a sudden your school is over the 85 limit.

Then you have to medical hardship someone!

December 7, 2010  12:25 PM ET
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The BIG problem with what you just said, though, is Signing Day has already happened. What happens if a school signs to the 85 limit and then someone is waived to go back to school? All of a sudden your school is over the 85 limit.Then you have to medical hardship someone!

Didn't even think about that! This is going to be one huge cluster ****.

 
December 7, 2010  12:39 PM ET

If you got a player good enough to go to the NFL as an underclassman, i bet the coaches will find an open scholarship.....medical or otherwise. Not too far removed from having a HC here who would sign 20+ "extras" just to make sure.

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