2020 NFL Draft: Top sleepers still flying under the radar with a month to go

S Julian Blackmon, Utah

 

Before the 2019 season, Julian Blackmon went through a transition. He packed on 15-20 pounds to his frame and moved from cornerback to safety. The Utah product's recent position switch may raise some eyebrows concerning scheme fit with limited experience in a new role.

 

Nonetheless, Blackmon maintained his ball-hawking tendencies, logging four interceptions and four pass breakups. He didn't lose a step with the added body mass either.

 

At 6'1", 204 pounds, with ball-tracking skills and no hesitation to strike with force, Blackmon can fill both safety spots. Because of his experience at cornerback, he should be able to line up in the slot on the pro level.

 

Blackmon will likely come off the board on Day 3. He suffered a non-contact knee injury during the Pac-12 Championship Game. With limited access to players and medical updates, teams may take a conservative approach with prospects on the mend.

 

General managers should focus on Blackmon's raw traits and potential development. He'll go through some growing pains at safety, but the ability to produce impact plays shouldn't fade with a good coaching staff.

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