The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books and the Jacksonville Jaguars came away with Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon with the 5th overall pick. The Jaguars made the move to trade up to the 5th overall pick coming up from 7th overall, swapping first round picks and sending a 4th round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in return. In comparison, the Jaguars didn't give up much to guarantee they got their guy.
We all know I'm not a huge fan of Justin Blackmon, but as I've said in the past I don't think he's going to be an utter bust and understand exactly why the Jaguars took the swing. Given the state of the Jaguars receiving group, he fits the Jaguars so it's not a real surprise he was targeted. With Blackmon, the Jaguars now have a guy who's not afraid to go over the middle and can make contested passes, which should help out quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
"I'd rather say, ‘I'm glad I did,' than, ‘I wish I would have,''' Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith told the media afterward the pick was made. "I like the way he lines up and says the guy across from me can't cover me," Jaguars Mike Mularkey told the media about Blackmon. "He's just got an edge to him."
As someone joked on Twitter last night, Gene Smith basically traded Larry Hart to move up for Blackmon.
Action Sports 360 was able to get Blaine Gabbert and Laurent Robinson's immediate reaction at the Jaguars draft party.