The recent DUI arrest of Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has to have many St. Louis Rams fans saying ‘what if’. What if the Rams had moved up and taken Blackmon in April’s NFL Draft or what if Blackmon had still been available when the Rams were put on the clock a little more than a month ago?
Fortunately for the Rams, all of this is merely conjecture at this point and all of their draft choices have been clean since hearing their names called. Many wondered if Blackmon’s arrest in Texas in 2010 hurt his stock with some clubs in pre-draft process, but not much was ultimately said about that incident. Now that the receiver has again found trouble with the law, does this validate the Rams decision to move down and take a safer pick in defensive tackle Michael Brockers?
This really is an unfortunate development for both Blackmon and the Jags as his NFL career has yet to get going, but it has to relieve some of the Rams’ brass. The team was let off the hook on draft night when the Jags traded up to draft the receiver and this reprieve only further solidified the front office’s stance that this club needed more than one player to become contenders.
Brian Quick is the receiver that the team selected instead of Blackmon at the top of the second round and the early returns are quite positive on his upside potential. This could turn out to be one of the best decisions that the Rams’ new regime of power ever makes and it was one of their first. As for the answer to the question ‘what if’, well fortunately for the Rams and their win-starved fan base, that won’t be necessary.
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