Red Flag Series: Receivers

NFL Scouting tells you about some of the character concerns swirling around four of the top wide receivers in the draft. Leading off this piece is Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon.

Wide Receiver
Oklahoma State University Cowboys
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Plainview High School


Blackmon started 26 of 38 games for Oklahoma State, catching 253 passes for 3,564 yards (14.09 ypc) and 40 touchdowns…Added one score on eight carries for 84 yards (10.50 ypc)…Returned one blocked punt seven yards for a touchdown, as he accumulated 3,657 all-purpose yards on 262 plays (13.96 avg), averaging 96.24 yards per game…Ranks second all-time at Oklahoma State in receiving yards, as that mark is surpassed only by Rashaun Woods (4,414; 2000-03)…That total placed fifth on the Big Twelve Conference career-record chart…His 1,782 yards receiving in 2010 set the school, league and NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision season-record, surpassing the old major college mark for sophomores (Larry Fitzgerald of Pittsburgh's had 1,672 in 2003) and it also placed seventh on the NCAA FBS overall season-record chart…His 1,522 yards in 2011 rank third on the Cowboys' annual record list…In 2010, Blackmon established an NCAA season-record by gaining at least 100 yards receiving in 12 consecutive games, breaking the previous mark of 11, first set by Aaron Turner of Pacific in 1991 and matched by Michael Crab-tree of Texas Tech in 2007 and Austin Collie of Brigham Young in 2008…His 253 catches rank second in school annals, topped by only Rashaun Woods (293), and placed sixth in Big Twelve history…His 13 receptions in each of the 2010 Baylor and Louisiana-Lafayette, and 2011 Baylor and Kansas State contests are tied for second on the school's game-record list…His 1,782 receiving yards in 2010 topped Woods' old school season-record of 1,695 yards in 2002 and also established a conference record for sophomores…His 1,522 receiving yards in 2011 rank third in school history…Blackmon's 207 yards vs. Texas Tech rank eighth and his 205 yards vs. Kansas State in 2011 rank ninth on the Cowboy game-record list…Placed fourth in Big Twelve history and second in school annals with 40 touchdown catches, surpassed by Rashaun Woods' 42 (2000-03)…His 20 touchdown receptions in 2010 set the school season-record and were two short of the Big Twelve annual mark of 22 scoring grabs by Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech in 2007…Had at least two touchdown catches in 12 of his last 25 games, in addition to gaining at least 100 yards receiving 19 times as a Cowboy…Ranks ninth in school history with a total of 254 points scored, as his 132 points in 2010 rank fifth on the Oklahoma State annual record chart…His 81-yard reception vs. Tulsa in 2010 is the sixth-longest catch in school history, while his 80-yarder vs. Nebraska in 2010 rank seventh on that list.

2010 Season…Blackmon was arrested (10/26) on a suburban Dallas highway on a misdemeanor DUI complaint…The receiver was arrested at 3:45 a.m. after officers used radar to determine he was driving 92 mph in a 60 mph zone along Interstate 35 in Carrollton, Texas, police spokesman Dustin Bartram said…The officer performed a field sobriety test on the 20-year-old Blackmon. Under Texas law, drivers under 21 can be arrested for having any detectable amount of alcohol in his or her system and Blackmon fell into that category, Bartram said…Blackmon was bonded out of jail in Carrollton at 8:06 a.m. for $375, Bartram said…Oklahoma State did not practice Monday night (10/25), and Blackmon attended the Dallas Cowboys' game against the New York Giants. Blackmon had three passengers in the vehicle, Bartram said, and after Blackmon's arrest, the vehicle was released to one of the passengers who owned the vehicle…Bartram said the arrest was made without incident…The star receiver was suspended for the team's game vs. Kansas State (10/30).

Wide Receiver
University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish
St. Paul, Minnesota
Cretin-Derham Hall High School


Floyd started 42 of 43 games at Notre Dame, including lining up with the first unit at flanker in each of his final two contests (made his collegiate debut as a reserve vs. San Diego State in 2008)…Caught 271 passes for 3,686 yards (13.60 ypc) and 37 touchdowns, adding 30 yards and a score on four carries…Scored 228 points, as he also recorded a pair of solo tackles and returned two punts for 44 yards…Amassed 3,760 all-purpose yards, an average of 13.57 yards per attempt and 87.44 yards per game…Ranks sixth among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision performers and set the school career-record with his 271 catches, breaking the previous Irish mark of 179 by Jeff Samardzija (2003-06)…His 100 receptions in 2011 topped the old school season-record of 93 by Golden Tate in 2009, as Floyd's 79 grabs in 2010 rank third on that annual chart…His average of 6.3 receptions per game surpassed the previous all-time Notre Dame record of 5.3 catches by Jim Seymour (1966-68)…His average of 7.69 receptions per game in 2011 rank second to Golden Tate's school season-record of 7.75 catches per game in 2009…Floyd's 3,686 receiving yards shattered the previous school all-time record of 2,707 yards by Golden Tate (2007-09), while his average of 85.72 yards receiving per game topped the old Irish career-record of 81.3 yards by Jim Seymour (1966-68)…His 1,147 receiving yards in 2011 rank fourth on the school season-record list…Gained at least 100 yards receiving in nineteen games, an all-time Irish record…Topped Jeff Samardzija's Irish all-time mark of 27 scoring grabs (2003-06), as Floyd found the end zone 37 times during his career…His 12 touchdown catches in 2010 tied Samardzija for fourth on the school season-record list…Floyd's 13 receptions vs. Michigan in 2011 tied Jim Seymour (vs. Purdue in 1966) for second on the school game-record list, as only Maurice Stovall (14 vs. Brigham Young in 2005) had more catches in a game for Notre Dame…Stovall's four touchdown catches in that BYU clash rank as the only game that an Irish player scored more on catches in a contest than Floyd's three scoring grabs vs. Nevada in 2009 and three more touchdowns vs. Western Michigan in 2010…His 88-yard reception vs. Nevada in 2009 was the fourth-longest catch in school annals.

Floyd got himself into trouble during his time at Notre Dame with his latest arrest coming in June of 2011 on a drunken driving charge, his third alcohol-related offense since 2009. He was arrested and charged with 'operating while intoxicated' charge in March of 2010. That came after an underage drinking charge just 15 months prior in Minneapolis. He was eventually suspended from the team and missed all of the 2011 spring practice. It was not until the end of June, 2011 that he was cleared to participate with the team during summer workouts, but head coach Brian Kelly stripped him of his captaincy.

Wide Receiver
University of Iowa Hawkeyes
St. Louis, Missouri
Hazelwood Central High School


McNutt started his final 31 games at split end, appearing in a total of 41 contests during his playing days at Iowa…Recorded 170 receptions for 2,861 yards (16.83 ypc) and 28 touchdowns…Carried eight times for 63 yards (7.88 ypc) and completed 1 of 6 pass attempts for 10 yards and one interception…Recorded two solo tackles and returned one kickoff 14 yards…Scored 168 points for the Hawkeyes…His 170 receptions fell three shy of matching the school career-record of 173 by Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (2007-10)…His 82 catches in 2011 tied the Iowa season-record first set by Kevin Kasper in 2000…McNutt became just the fourth player in school annals to gain over 1,000 yards receiving in a season, as his 1,315 yards in 2011 surpassed the previous Hawkeyes record of 1,037 yards by Keith Chappelle in 1980, as McNutt's yardage is also good for seventh on the Big Ten Conference season-record chart…His 2,861 receiving yards at Iowa broke the old Iowa all-time record of 2,616 yards by Derrell Johnson-Koulianos…His 28 touchdown catches rank ninth in the nation among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision active players and topped the previous Iowa all-time record of 21 scoring grabs by both Tim Dwight (1994-97) and Danan Hughes (1989-92)…His 28 touchdown receptions placed tenth on the Big Ten career list.

Wide Receiver
The Ohio State University Buckeyes
Cincinnati, Ohio
LaSalle High School


Posey started 29 of 41 games at split end for Ohio State, ranking seventh in school history with 136 receptions and 18 touchdowns…His 1,955 yards receiving placed eighth on the OSU all-time record list and his average of 3.0 receptions per game is good for ninth in Buckeyes annals…Added nine yards on four punt returns, 24 yards on a kickoff return and one solo tackle while scoring 108 points…His 848 yards receiving in 2010 rank 15th and 828 yards as a sophomore rank 19th on the school season-record list…His career-high 60 receptions in 2009 is the sixth-best season total at Ohio State.

Posey, by far the most experienced pass catcher on the team, was suspended for the first five games of 2011 for his role in selling OSU memorabilia for cash and discounts on tattoos. Once he completed the five-game suspension, he was slapped with an additional five-game suspension after the NCAA determined he received excessive pay for a summer job with an Ohio State booster (was overpaid $728)…In early October, two days after he received his second suspension, the lawyer for several of the suspended Ohio State football players charged the NCAA with ignoring documentation which he said exonerated or reduced the culpability of his clients. Columbus attorney Larry James made records available to The Associated Press which he believes the NCAA did not consider when it suspended Posey for five games for accepting too much pay from a summer job. Last year's leading rusher, Daniel Herron, along with offensive lineman Marcus Hall and defensive lineman Melvin Fellows were held out of only the Buckeyes' 34-27 loss at Nebraska. Posey was not allowed to play until the November 19th game vs. Penn State-leaving him with just three games to play in his senior season. The NCAA denied James' charges.

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Dave-Te Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. At NFL Scouting, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft.

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