Jaguars bold, smart to go get Blackmon
April, 26, 2012
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Jerry Lai/US PresswireJustin Blackmon had 1,522 receiving yards and 18 TDs for Oklahoma State last season.Blaine Gabbert finished last year throwing to Mike Thomas, Jarett Dillard, Chastin West and Cecil Shorts.
General manager Gene Smith was charged with giving a quarterback he traded up for last season better people to aim for.
And Smith has come through, trading up from seventh to fifth and nabbing Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon. He’ll join free agent additions Laurent Robinson and Lee Evans, a reclamation project, in trying to transform the Jacksonville passing offense.
Blackmon stands to be the team’s best receiving option since Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell.
The Jags gave up No. 7 and No. 101 in the fourth round to Tampa Bay for No. 5 and the right to add Blackmon.
Hard to find any issue at all with that.
If they find a pass-rusher next, this will be a rousing success.
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