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Don Banks’ 2012 NFL Draft Redo has Bengals Select Justin Blackmon

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Dec 16, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) celebrates a touchdown catch over Miami Dolphins defensive back R.J. Stanford (not pictured) but it was called back on a penalty in the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

While NFL followers anxiously await the NFL Draft to come in April, many writers take this time in the offseason to do “redrafts” of previous drafts, as they decide which picks were of great value, and which were colossal busts.

Don Banks with Sports Illustrated conducted his 2012 NFL Redraft, and instead of taking Dre Kirkpatrick with the 17th-overall pick, he chose Oklahoma Stae wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who originally was drafted fifth-overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars:

"Bengals third-round receiver Mohamed Sanu was just starting to find the end zone when he got hurt, and that left Cincinnati still seeking another pass catcher to draw some coverage away from A.J. Green. The Bengals need another threat for quarterback Andy Dalton to throw to, and got nothing from Kirkpatrick in 2012."

Blackmon finished his rookie season with 64 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns. His best performance came vs the Houston Texans, in which Blackmon had seven receptions for 236 yards. It was the third-most ever for an NFL rookie.