According to Pro Football Focus, Indianapolis Colts safety Julian Blackmon has earned PFF 2020 Midseason NFL All-Rookie Team honors:
S JULIAN BLACKMON, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Believe it or not, it’s actually Blackmon who leads all rookie safeties in overall grade so far. His two picks and four pass-breakups are both tops among the rookie class. The scary thing is, Blackmon is still less than a year removed from tearing his ACL in the 2019 Pac-12 Championship Game. He looks like a steal of a third-rounder.
The rookie has been a revelation in the backend of the Colts starting secondary, recording 17 tackles, 6 passes defensed, and 2 interceptions during 7 games (6 starts).
The 2020 3rd round pick is less than a year removed from a torn ACL and had a limited training camp with his rehabilitation work (and was held back as a health precaution) but was thrust into the Colts starting lineup at safety with a season-ending injury to former starter Malik Hooker—and so far, the rookie has had glowing results.
While in the offseason, many Colts fans would’ve projected both wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and running back Jonathan Taylor to be immediate candidates for such recognition, it’s been Blackmon who’s so far stood out the most in his debut campaign.
The young safety is a ballhawk and has a knack for finding the football with centerfield range, coupled with the ability to play downhill and lay a big hit. He’s the type of playmaking, dynamic safety that the Colts have simply lacked in more recent seasons.
Blackmon’s career is off to an early encouraging start for the Colts, and it’s a safe bet that his best is still yet to come in Horseshoe Blue.