Although unlikely, what would the Jacksonville Jaguars do if either Alabama RB Trent Richardson and/or Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon were still on the board?
In Blackmon’s case, this should be a slam-dunk decision: the Jaguars take him with no questions asked. The implications for Jacksonville if they passed on Blackmon could be potentially devastating.
Yes, they have picked up Laurent Robinson and Lee Evans in the offseason, but the Jaguars are longing for a clear-cut No. 1 WR. The Jaguars haven’t had a superstar at that position since Jimmy Smith ran down the Jacksonville sidelines.
Now if Trent Richardson was still on the board— which is highly unlikely—the decision to take him would be more difficult to make. Personally, I feel he may be the second coming of Emmitt Smith, and not because he comes from the same high school.
Richardson is simply one of the best RBs to come out since Adrian Peterson, and his upside is through the ceiling.
That being said, the RB position has become less important in the NFL, and some feel that spending such a high draft pick on a RB would be foolhardy. Under most circumstances, I would agree. However, in this case, if Richardson is available for the Jaguars at No. 7, they may feel compelled to take him, and I wouldn’t blame them.