Blaine Gabbert received all the help he could hope for from the draft today. The Jags traded their fourth round selection and their first round selection to Tampa Bay to jump up two spots for the #5 selection. With that pick, the Jags immediately selected Oklahoma State University’s Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon.
Blackmon has been the top rated wide receiver in the draft since he declared. Notre Dame Wide Receiver Michael Floyd was a possible pick for the Jags at number seven, but rather than wait for a talent that could be good but isn’t what they were looking for in terms of character, Gene Smith pulled the trigger and jumped in front of St. Louis in order to secure the player they knew they wanted and needed: Justin Blackmon.
Blackmon’s 40 touchdowns from 2009-2011 and 1,500+ yards each of the past two seasons make the 6’1″ 207 pound player a very good threat that when paired with new #2 Laurent Robinson and Mike Thomas in the slot makes the Jaguars offense considerably more than anemic like it was last year.
The passing offense now has enough weapons and good hands to catch the balls that Blaine Gabbert throws. While he can be erratic from time to time, a lot of drops last season helped to demoralize Gabbert’s confidence and contributed deeply to the Jaguars’ failure to move the ball with the passing game.
The Jags have set themselves up for success this off season and now have another great piece and plenty of other picks left in the draft to continue to add to the talent and potential on the roster.
Gene Smith made the right move and I will continue to loudly spout, “In Gene We Trust!”
– Luke N. Sims