When he was selected fifth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, Justin Blackmon appeared to be on his way to becoming a great receiver at the NFL level. However, after a few ineffective and suspension-plagued seasons, it’s clear that Blackmon has fallen out of favor with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Blackmon was already being outplayed by Cecil Shorts when he was on the field, but after the Jaguars went out and drafted both Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, it was immediately clear the team is ready to move on from the troubled Blackmon.
Hindsight is 20/20, and that is especially true in the case of Justin Blackmon. When he was drafted, we were all convinced that Blackmon was the receiver the Jaguars needed, however, after an extremely disappointing career to this point, it’s obvious that Blackmon is a bust.
That said, the Jaguars did well by picking up both Lee and Robinson in this year’s draft. Lee surprisingly fell in the draft for unknown reasons. However, he’s the type of playmaker the Jacksonville offense needs, while Robinson is the big 6-foot-3 target the team has lacked over the last several seasons. Both players help make up for the draft blunder that is Justin Blackmon, and both could develop into the type of player Blackmon was supposed to be.
Overall, it’s clear that the Blackmon era is over in Jacksonville, and for good reason.