The Jaguars traded up to the fifth pick in this year’s NFL draft to select receiver Justin Blackmon, and so far Blackmon hasn’t shown Top 5 draft pick ability: Blackmon has just 13 catches for 119 yards and no touchdowns through five games.
But Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith says he still believes Blackmon can play. It’s just going to take some time for him to play at the level you’d expect of a Top 5 pick.
“He’s still learning how to play as an NFL wide receiver,” Smith told the Florida Times-Union. “Obviously the rules are a little different, where you can’t have physical contact after 5 yards that you can in college until the ball is in the air. The corners are obviously better in terms of getting his release off the line. Just overall as a young receiver, just the details of the position, the better he gets at that, the more opportunities he’ll have to make plays in our offense.”
If the Jaguars are going to turn their season around, they’ll need Blackmon to start making plays in a hurry.