SALT LAKE CITY — Julian Blackmon switched positions in 2019. He’s switching teams in 2020.
The Layton High product is Indianapolis bound, as the former Utah safety was selected by the Colts with the 85th overall pick in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft Friday. He’s the first Lancer to be taken in the NFL draft since 1983, when defensive tackle Chuck Ehin, who played collegiately at BYU, was drafted by the San Diego Chargers.
“Blackmon is a productive safety with instincts, awareness and ball skills. He is a steady player with the potential to crack the rotation as a spot starter,” NFL.com wrote in analyzing the pick.
Blackmon switched to safety from cornerback last season, earning second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press and AFCA in 2019 while finishing the year with 60 tackles, four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He also excelled at cornerback in 2017 and 2018, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors both seasons.
Blackmon’s college career ended early, though, suffering a non-contact knee injury in the Pac-12 championship game which caused him to miss the Utes’ bowl game and abstain from workouts during the NFL scouting combine.