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Jaguars Flag Football Team: Jon's 3rd Pick

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - MAY 05:  Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #14 during Jacksonville Jaguars Minicamp at EverBank Field on  May 5, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida  (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - MAY 05: Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #14 during Jacksonville Jaguars Minicamp at EverBank Field on May 5, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
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The teams are starting to take shape and Adam's selection of Rashean Mathis in this round has given him a solid core so far.

I have a few options here and though the conservative wisdom here says I need some offensive firepower, I considered going with Aaron Ross to lock down the next best corner back on the roster and really bolster my team's defensive prowess.

After some careful thought, however, flag football is almost completely about offense and putting up points at a high rate, and I'm pretty empty right now in terms of reliable weapons. So with that, I'm taking the next best receiver available and selecting, Justin Blackmon.

Blackmon gives me likely the most reliable hands out of any of the team's receivers, at least based on what we've seen of him since joining the Jags in off-season camp. If you've played flag before, you know a reliable set of hands on that 3rd & midfield play can make the difference between moving the ball into scoring range or killing the drive.

While he doesn't have the deep speed of Adam's #1 receiver, Laurent Robinson, this is flag football and though speed is a killer, a lot of times the best receivers don't have it. Since it's rare that a team plays press man coverage in flag football, I feel Blackmon's best trait of precise route running and finding holes in zone defenses will help us out just as effectively as if he had blazing speed, maybe even more so.

Where his lack of speed may hurt is in the secondary on defense, but since we'll be playing a lot of zone, I'm more inclined to believe his footwork and knowledge of routes will serve him well. His elite receiving ability will also make any balls thrown his way a potential interception for us.

So as it stands now, Adam and I each have our quarterback, a true receiver, and cornerback. Tomorrow we move on to our fourth selections and head towards the home stretch.