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Jacksonville Jaguars Pay Small Price for Justin Blackmon

The Jags get their man.
The Jags get their man.Al Bello/Getty Images
Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistApril 27, 2012

The Jaguars' bold move to trade up to get Justin Blackmon with the fifth pick will likely pay big dividends.

Not only do "trade ups" typically turn out well for the picking team, but the price the Jags paid wasn't steep.

They gave up their fourth-round pick, No. 101 overall, for the right to move up two spots. What kind of player can a team expect to get out of the 101st overall pick?

Only 19 of the last 50 players selected from picks 101 to 110 became starters for their teams. Of those, only six started for more than one year. The Jags gave up the right to the next Mike Thomas or Brian Hartline for the chance to secure an elite wideout.

Just an hour earlier, the Browns gave up fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round picks to advance just one spot in the draft. They then used that pick to take Trent Richardson, despite plenty of evidence that running backs don't lead to wins in the modern NFL.

That's the kind of bold move to build a credible passing game that will pay dividends. Whether or not Blackmon becomes a multiple Pro Bowl wide receiver, it's impossible to argue that the Jags overpaid to get him.

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