On the day of the NFL draft, there’s more bad news for one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory.
Justin Blackmon, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, was arrested for DUI in December. According to TMZ, Blackmon pleaded guilty on Wednesday. TMZ reports that Blackmon is facing prison time when he’s sentenced in June.
As a rookie receiver for the Jaguars, Blackmon showed a lot of promise, catching 64 passes for 865 yards. But he played just four games in 2013 and hasn’t played since after he was suspended indefinitely for repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy. At this point it seems extremely unlikely that he’ll ever play in the NFL again.
Blackmon serves as a cautionary tale to all 32 teams today: No matter how great a player’s talent, off-field issues can wreck his career. Blackmon will surely be discussed in many draft rooms today.