Name: Dante’ Blackmon
School: Kennesaw State
Projected NFL Position: CB
Draft Class: 2017
Q & A with Dante’ Blackmon
What is your name, school, and position?
What is your height and weight?
What do you consider your biggest asset on the field?
Why did you choose your current college to further your football career?
What is something about yourself, that most people don’t know?
What is one area of your game that you would like to improve, and what’s your plan to do so?
Who is the best player that you’ve played against so far in your career?
Who is your favorite NFL player at your position and why?
What NFL team is your favorite and why?
Any parting words for your fans or friends?
2015 (R-JUNIOR): Played an important role on the defense, starting in all 11 games for the Owls during their inaugural season as a DB…Ranked eighth on the team with 31 total tackles (23ua, 8a)…tied for second on the roster with two interceptions, returning a team-high 32 yards…Recorded two pass breakups…Totaled four solo tackles and an interception for 32 yards in the Owls’ inaugural football game at ETSU (Sept. 3)…Totaled five tackles (3ua, 2a) at Dayton (Sept. 26)…Produced a career-high nine tackles (4ua, 5a) on the road at Liberty (Oct. 24)…Recovered a fumble at Coastal Carolina (Nov. 14).
PREVIOUS SCHOOL: Saw action in 23 games for the Mountaineers…2014: Appeared in 12 games and started three for the Mountaineers…Three starts came in first three games of the season at Michigan, versus Campbell and at Southern Mississippi. Totaled 12 tackles, including nine solo, and had one interception…Had a season-high three tackles and an interception at Michigan…2013: Saw action in 11 games with six starts at cornerback…Tied for third on team with two pass breakups…Made 15 tackles, including 11 solo…Recorded two tackles, including a half-tackle for loss, in home opener versus North Carolina A&T…Made two more stops two games later versus Charleston Southern…Racked up a career-high four tackles against Samford…Had best game of the season in win over Georgia Southern, recording three tackles and a pass breakup…Missed the season finale versus Western Carolina due to injury…2012: Sustained a season-ending knee injury during the third practice of fall camp…Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL: Enjoyed a productive prep career at Eastside High School in Covington, Ga…Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com…Named first-team all-region on both offense and defense as a senior…2011: Garnered all-area recognition…Tallied 31 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass break-ups as a defensive back and caught 44 passes for 636 yards and five touchdowns (including four in the team’s final two games) at wide receiver…Participated in 2011 Georgia High School Senior All-Star Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta…Coached by Rick Hurst.
Blackmon is a talented player, with a knack for takeaways. In 2016, he recorded 6 interceptions and one touchdown. He is a physical specimen, and shows the speed and coverage ability to mirror most receivers. He is a willing gambler when it comes to playing the ball, and it paid off big last year. Overall, he has a bright future as a developmental prospect and could end up a very solid corner. We currently have him listed as a Fringe Draftable Player here.