When receiver Michael Floyd worked out at the Notre Dame pro day Tuesday, he opened up the conversation as to whether he or highly touted WR Justin Blackmon should be selected as the first receiver in this April’s draft.
NFL.com’s Gil Brandt went on record as preferring Floyd, but other analysts disagreed.
NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly would take Blackmon first, “because I think he’s smoother, I think he separates on his routes better,” he said on NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft” on Tuesday.
“I think (Blackmon’s) hands are better,” Casserly continued, “though Floyd’s hands are good too. And I think his run after the catch is better there. Because he’s smoother, and that’s where I think that he has the edge there. It’s not a great edge, but I think it is an edge.”
NFL Network Charles Davis agreed with Casserly, saying that Blackmon’s work ethic is significant.
“In talking with people close to that program … at five o’clock, if you’re supposed to be there throwing … Justin Blackmon is ready to go at five,” Davis said.
“I just like the fact that Blackmon’s been that number one receiver, with all coverages tilted to him, as Floyd has been, throughout his college career, and still puts up the big production, especially in big games,” Davis continued.