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Versatile Blackmon Could Play Either Side Of The Ball


Continuing a versatility theme in the 2006 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers once again selected a player who has experience at multiple positions.

The Packers selected cornerback Will Blackmon of Boston College with the 115th overall pick.

Blackmon began his college career as a cornerback, and started 22 times there with the Eagles. After both starting receivers graduated going into his senior year, his coaches wanted him to play wide receiver with his playmaking potential.

Even after playing all season as the leading Eagles receiver, Blackmon played in the Senior Bowl as a cornerback, which is where the Packers intend to use him. The Packers see him as a raw talent, but see big potential in his defensive abilities.

"He is a guy to be excited about," Secondary Coach Kurt Schottenheimer said. "We know there is a learning curve, but we love to get a guy like this and look forward to being able to bring him along in our system."

Schottenheimer is most excited about Blackmon's size. Comparable to Al Harris, Blackmon has good size for the physical cornerback position.

"Everything I think is in front of him," Schottenheimer said. "I don't think he has any limitations. He has a world of talent. He is a very bright young man... I think we can get him started and his development will come quickly."

No matter where Blackmon makes an impact on this team, whether on defense, special teams or even offense, Blackmon is just excited about the opportunity he has been given.

"I'm going to be there wherever they need me in order to help them get back to the top," Blackmon said. "The fact of the matter is that I just wanted to get into the NFL and now that I'm there, I'm willing to do whatever."

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