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Our First Two Picks: Guranteed Busts?

Well apparently that is the case per an article I recently came across on chacha.com, linked here.

http://www.chacha.com/gallery/3457/8-guaranteed-2012-nfl-draft-busts

Our very own Andre Branch and Justin Blackmon both made 2 of the 8 on the list for their own various reasons. I'll leave it up to you to look at list yourself and come to your own conclusion on what was said. I don't put much stock into predictions and honestly, if had just been one of our selections on the this list, I wouldn't have posted this. But c'mon, a list of 8 and both our 1st and 2nd round picks make the list? That has to be worthy of sharing with other Jaguar faithful.

I, myself, think it's a bunch of hogwash. There's usually differing opinions on how one is labeled a bust, although there are always those that are busts to everyone who has anything to say about what a bust is to begin with; ala Jamarcus Russell.

Every player has their own set of given weaknesses, but that's totally irrelevant as long as they still find a way to be productive by using their respective strengths to counteract them. Larry Fitzgerald did so by counteracting his lack of elite speed with his superior technique and body control to still beat those trying to defend him. There are countelss other examples, but that will suffice for now.

In this list that I linked, they use Blackmon's and Branch's perceived weaknesses as stating why each will be busts. This leads back to the reason for my above paragraph. Just because they each have weaknesses, doesn't ensure that they won't be productive and it sure doesn't mean that they will busts. I'd say they both have enough talent that can counteract their perceived weaknesses as long as they both show dedication to their craft. And that is where I stand on this issue.

Will they be busts? Who knows. What is a bust? That's another point of discussion in itself. Let's just say that to label a player a guranteed bust before he steps on the field is naive and shortsighted, and leave it there. Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing how they both do. I will say that I'm hoping Blackmon turns out to be way better than Reggie Williams and Branch is much better than Quentin Groves. That shouldn't asking for too much. Or is it?

*If anyone is interested, I'll take what was said about Blackmon and Branch and offer a list of their strenghts that I believe they could utilize to offset the weaknesses stated in the article, that I believe could help them avoid being busts.

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