Justin Blackmon lands in Jacksonville, oh no!
Of all the places a star receiver could have landed the Jacksonville Jaguars were not the ideal location. A top defensive unit their offense is less than desired.
Moving up to the fifth overall pick the Jacksonville Jaguars selected the top receiver in the 2012 NFL draft, Justin Blackmon.
Now the question becomes is Blaine Gabbert going to be throwing the ball to him?
Members of the media and draft analysts may want to say Justin Blackmon isn’t the total package, but like many other receivers he will have a chip on his shoulder when he signs with the Jaguars.
Blackmon is one of the most dynamic players in the 2012 NFL draft and caught 38 touchdowns in his final 25 games.
Justin Blackmon excelled at Oklahoma State as he won the Biletnikoff Award (top collegiate wide receiver) two years in a row. A former teammate of Dez Bryant, he was more productive and should contribute right away.
Some may knock his size at barely six-feet tall but he plays taller than he is. His leaping ability make him a solid red-zone threat and uses his speed to keep defenders away.
According to NFL.com he does have some weaknesses, Blackmon is not as quick off the ball as his athleticism would suggest. He has good top-end speed and acceleration in the open field, but struggles to get enough burst to separate in short areas. An elongated stride makes it difficult for him to run sharp routes. Much of his production came from making plays at the point of the catch and after; he doesn’t get himself open through route-running. He is an all-or-nothing blocker who can’t recover after whiffing, and will have to improve in that area. His stride hampers his ability to change direction and could be his biggest problem in the NFL, where he’ll be covered by premier athletes.
Numbers are just numbers in college football but if they tell us anything they tell us that Blackmon will be a star.
In 2010 he had a stellar year catching 111 passes for 1,782 yards — breaking Larry Fitzgerald’s record for sophomores — and 20 touchdowns. He set an NCAA record with at least 100 yards and one touchdown in all 12 games in a season. Blackmon then added 122 catches, 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. He was devastating in the big games, grabbing five for 157, two touchdowns in the 2011 Alamo Bowl against Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara (now with New York Giants) and then finishing his college career with eight catches, 182 yards and touchdowns of 43, 67 and 17 yards in a 41-38 overtime win over Stanford in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
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