if blackmon falls to us some team will trade a crate full of draft picks to move up and nab him. assuming claiborne is still on the board we could still grab him, and then stock up on defensive talent with the picks we get.
i'm comfortable with the wide receivers we have on the roster this year.
It is not just about this year though. People tend to overrate LaFell and Gettis. Both are pretty solid options at WR2 and WR3, but neither one are going to be able to produce WR1 numbers like Smith can. Our scheme requires a dominant WR that is able to take on, and beat opposing defenders to open up the field.
Right now, Smith is the only guy we have that can do that. Smith is a beast, and I think he will be for at least 2 more years, but he is getting older, and if a guy like Blackmon falls in your lap, you have to take him. Worst case scenario is that you get an elite WR on a very cheap contract, and pair him with Smith for a deadly passing attack that Chud will kill you with, and already have Smith's replacement on the roster.
I would rather have Claiborne, but if both he and Blackmon are gone, try a trade down or just take the best remaining of Coples, Kuechly or Poe.