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Jaguars trade up, pick Justin Blackmon

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We had heard all day that the Jaguars were pushing to move up and draft Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, and with the fifth overall pick, the Jaguars did just that.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren’t able to move up and draft Trent Richardson, so instead the Bucs moved down, where the Jaguars were happy to move up from No. 7 to No. 5 and grab Blackmon. The Jaguars gave up a fourth-round draft pick to move up to the seventh overall pick in the first round.

Blackmon is an explosive playmaker at wide receiver who will give Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert exactly the kind of weapon he needs. Last year the Jaguars’ top wide receiver was Mike Thomas, with 44 catches, and no other wide receiver in Jacksonville even had 30 catches. This year Blackmon will be counted on to step in and doing better than that as a rookie.

Jacksonville’s offense needed a lot of help. It just got a big playmaker.

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20 Responses to “Jaguars trade up, pick Justin Blackmon”
  1. seaner44 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:34 PM

    Dez Bryant 2.0

  2. chazsunderland says: Apr 26, 2012 8:34 PM

    Go Jags!

  3. rollinrubber says: Apr 26, 2012 8:46 PM

    Bout time my jags got it right.

  4. megabeast37215 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:00 PM

    Go JAGS! WOOOOOHOOOOOO!

    BTW… whoever says Gene Smith isn’t a needs drafter is full of it.

    Need a LT cause Barnes left… draft Monroe.

    Need help on the D-line… draft Alualu.

    Need a QB for the future… draft Gabbert.

    Need a WR for said QB… draft Blackmon.

    See a pattern here?

  5. rollteal says: Apr 26, 2012 9:03 PM

    We’re ALLIN !! !!!

  6. 6ball says: Apr 26, 2012 9:03 PM

    .

    I thought the Bucs would trade back. I expect many more trades from them. Tbey need quantity.

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  7. swagjag says: Apr 26, 2012 9:05 PM

    Needed to make a splash. Fan base will rally around it. Blackmon and Laurent Robinson means no more 8 in the box for MJD. No more 3 yds and a cloud of dust. And that 7 yd slant now has the ability to go to the house.

  8. joshmelder says: Apr 26, 2012 9:09 PM

    Rams got screwed!

  9. jaxuar says: Apr 26, 2012 9:10 PM

    GM Gene!!!!!!!

  10. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Apr 26, 2012 9:11 PM

    megabeast37215 says:
    Apr 26, 2012 9:00 PM
    Go JAGS! WOOOOOHOOOOOO!

    BTW… whoever says Gene Smith isn’t a needs drafter is full of it.

    Need a LT cause Barnes left… draft Monroe.

    Need help on the D-line… draft Alualu.

    Need a QB for the future… draft Gabbert.

    Need a WR for said QB… draft Blackmon.

    See a pattern here?

    ***

    yea. a needy pattern that works out 50% of the time, IF blackmon can turn gabbert into an nfl qb.

  11. blancodiablo says: Apr 26, 2012 9:14 PM

    As much as I criticize Gene Smith, I like his aggressive 1st round drafting this year and last. It’s his science projects in the later rounds that scare me, but here’s hoping for some good talent.

  12. Mr. Hand says: Apr 26, 2012 9:20 PM

    Hello megabeast

    Yeah he’s a needs drafter, but he’s drafting where need meets value. Isn’t that what you WANT him to do? I just don’t understand the critique.

  13. donniebmc says: Apr 26, 2012 9:56 PM

    Moving up to get Blackmon for a fourth!? Sounds like Tampa got screwed on that one.

  14. isujames says: Apr 26, 2012 10:07 PM

    Now the jags just need a qb that doesn’t panic that can get the ball to blackmon.Gabbert ain’t the answer.

  15. egonpeon says: Apr 26, 2012 10:08 PM

    happy to see some playmakers come to jax, we are putting so many miles on MJD his wheels are gonna fall off. Now id like to see a corner and OTs.

  16. sportsfreak61787 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:19 PM

    your allin??? with gabbert n blackmon?….wait for it………..AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  17. megabeast37215 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:36 AM

    Mr. Hand… it’s not a critique of Gene, it’s a critique of John Oesher and Vic Ketchman… and whoever else keeps trying to tell us that Gene Smith is ALL BAP ALL DAY ALL THE TIME. I don’t have a problem with any of his first round picks, or the logic he used in selecting them. I do have a problem with the whole staff on the jags homepage telling us one thing, when the evidence is clearly to the contrary.

    Go Jags! I’ll be in 112 with my family all season long. See you there!

  18. northshorejag says: Apr 27, 2012 1:01 AM

    OK here’s the conspiracy theory

    Jags leapfrog St Louis
    thereby

    Gene Smith gets one over on Jeff Fisher
    and moreover
    Shad gets one over on Kroenke

    Kaahhhnnn Yooouuu Dig It

  19. i10east says: Apr 27, 2012 10:08 AM

    In Gene we trust!!!

  20. shackdelrio says: Apr 27, 2012 11:01 AM

    “megabeast37215 says:
    Apr 26, 2012 9:00 PM
    Go JAGS! WOOOOOHOOOOOO!

    BTW… whoever says Gene Smith isn’t a needs drafter is full of it.

    Need a LT cause Barnes left… draft Monroe.

    Need help on the D-line… draft Alualu.

    Need a QB for the future… draft Gabbert.

    Need a WR for said QB… draft Blackmon.

    See a pattern here?”

    When they took Monroe, they had needs at every position but running back. And they had just signed Tra Thomas as a band-aid at left tackle. Monroe was also considered by most the BAP.

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