2 Jaguars biggest fails at WR of the century: Marqise Lee, Justin Blackmon
Now we have two of the worst to line up to catch passes for the Jaguars this century. There is a long list of underachieving receivers in Jacksonville, first-round picks that missed, and suspensions that diminished potential, but these two stand out as total fails.
One season, big-name free-agent fails were intentionally omitted from this list. Jerry Porter's 11 reception year and Torry Holt's season as the No.1 WR with no touchdowns won't be considered.
Marqise Lee was drafted ahead of Allen Robinson in the second round of the 2014 draft. He played in Jacksonville until 2019. He was frequently injured and ineffective when he was on the field.
In five years, he hauled in 174 catches but was only able to score eight times. Considered to be a second-round draft steal and a Blake Bortels connection that would be the answer to Jaguar's struggles, Lee was a complete disappointment.
Last and most certainly least, the worst wide receiver to ever come to Jacksonville. Not because of talent; he had it all. Highly touted draft prospect out of Oklahoma, the Jaguars traded up in the 2012 draft with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, giving up the No. 7 overall and the 101st pick for the No.5 overall.
The two-time Fred Biletnikoff Award winner was stunned at his Pro Day and considered the best wide receiver in the draft. The Jaguars thought they had a perennial Pro Bowler and a weapon for Blaine Gabbert to develop into the next Peyton Manning.
Justin Blackmon had a promising rookie year, with 64 receptions, 865 yards, leading all rookie receivers in 2012. All looked to be headed in the right direction for the Jaguars.
On June 3rd, 2012, he was arrested for an aggravated DUI, earning a four-game suspension to start the season. After serving that suspension and a brief and exciting few games, he was suspended indefinitely without pay for again violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse during the Jaguars' Bye Week.
After another arrest in 2014, while applying for NFL reinstatement, he was banished from the Jaguars permanently. The former top-five draft pick would finish his career with the Jags and the NFL with 1280 yards, 13.6 yards per catch, and an impressive 64 yards per game.
Chazz Palminteri once said the "saddest thing in life is wasted talent." Jaguars fans can all agree that makes Justin Blackmon the greatest wide receiver fail of this century.