Excellent ball skills. Excels in both man/zone coverage. Good tackler and helps in run support. Displays fluid hips. Can flip his hips and run with anyone. Able to change direction on a dime. Very smart player who knows his role on defense and doesn't get confused often. Versatile player can be thrown in anywhere in the defensive backfield.
Learned a new position for senior season. Still raw in some areas at the safety position. Needs to be a little more disciplined in off man situations. Knee injury late in the season will worry some teams.
Broke Hand: Senior Season of High School, Knee Injury (2019)
2019 Vs: USC, Oregon 2018 Vs: Northern Illinois 2017 Vs: West Virginia
Julian Blackmon is an extremely versatile player. After being a two-time All-Pac 12 cornerback, he switched to safety for his senior season. He is a very experienced player for Utah with over 35 starts under his belt heading into the 2020 draft. Blackmon will make an easy transition to the next level. He has a ball hawk mentality with exceptional ball skills. He was thrown in at safety last season and was already able to play two-man or single high. Moving forward, safety will be his best position. He has the size, athleticism, and power to play the position and has made a smooth switch over. Scouts will love that he was a star at cornerback and is now experienced at safety as well. Versatility is highly sought after nowadays. PRO COMPARISON: Nasir Adderley DRAFT POSITION: Mid-Late 3rd Round
Blackmon shows off his quickness and agility on tape. He has excellent flexibility in his hips that allow him to change direction on a dime. He has the speed to cover large distances that allows him to play single-high. Very explosive athlete that is always looking to make a play. Displays good footwork and technique in coverage due to good coordination and technique. Overall has great athleticism that allows him to go up against top talent on the football field.
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