NFL Draft 2012: Why Justin Blackmon Was the Perfect Choice for the Jaguars

Josh SteinContributor IIIApril 26, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State holds up a jersey as he stands on stage after he was selected #5 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Well my last article said the Jaguars needed a playmaker, and boy did they get one. Justin Blackmon will not only attract fans to the stadium, but he will also add another dimension to a run first, run second, run third team.

Blackmon was a man among boys the last two years, getting over 110 catches and double-digit touchdowns both years. No matter what superstar defense or cornerback was thrown at him, Blackmon brushed them off like dust on his shoulder.

The Jaguars couldn't have made a better pick here because they also got a guy who Blaine Gabbert can actually throw to. Gabbert spent too much time last year staring at covered receivers, and now he gets a guy who arguably can't be covered, especially in a division that is much better in the front seven than the secondary.

The Jaguars may have had to make a trade to get up high enough to get this former Oklahoma State stud, but this could put the Jaguars back on the map for the first time since the Tom Coughlin era.

Even though the fans and coaching staff may be happy, the person that is most thrilled about this, besides maybe Blaine Gabbert, is Maurice Jones-Drew. He has spent his entire career as the team's only playmaker and has had to face defenses that stack the box and safeties that didn't have to stay in coverage so they could come lay hits on him.

The offense is suddenly looking very good with a young talented quarterback, a perennial all-star at running back, and a very big and talented wide receiver on the outside. The other teams' defensive coordinators in the division may have more sleepless nights leading up to their games with Jacksonville now.

The Jaguars will still need to pick up some defenders and a solid offensive lineman in order to be fully set to attempt a run in the coming seasons. I still think that Jonathon Martin is the best option at lineman, and they could get a solid player on defense in the third.

But they don't have to worry about that right now. They have just obtained one of the best players in this draf,t and he could immediately make them a special team, like Larry Fitzgerald did the past few years with the lackluster offense around him.

Blackmon will be a special player, and Jaguar fans should be celebrating through the night after that pick.