Warren Moon made a cottage industry for himself leading up to last year’s draft with his full-throated defense of Cam Newton against critics of the eventual first overall pick.
He’s moved on to this year’s draft crop and his pet this time around seems to be Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Moon is a big fan of a player projected to go high in the first round and he’s using another Oklahoma State wideout as a measuring stick for how good he thinks Blackmon will be as a professional.
“He’s a beast, isn’t he? He’s like Dez Bryant with all of his brain cells,” Moon told KIRO-AM 710 in Seattle, via FoxSportSouthwest.com. “He’s a guy that has all those skills that Dez Bryant has but he’s not the knucklehead that Dez Bryant has turned out to be with Dallas. And a much better route runner than Dez Bryant is, but a very tremendous talent.”
Moon probably could have complimented Blackmon without throwing mud on Bryant, but he gives a pretty good assessment of the way the football world views Bryant after two seasons. He’s shown tremendous talent, but it has been mitigated by off-field issues and a sense that he hasn’t progressed as far as he could in things like learning the playbook because he isn’t as focused on the mental parts of the game as he should be at this point in his career.
If Blackmon does turn out to be “Bryant with all of his brain cells,” someone is going to get a really good receiver this April.