Can Blackmon stay on the field?
How Not to Impress Your New Boss 101
Get arrested Sunday morning on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence, meaning you measure above .15 percent blood alcohol, or roughly twice the legal limit in Oklahoma (.08 percent alcohol). Have your breathalyzer measure at .24, and—here's the kicker—have a previous DUI arrest in 2010.
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan received this welcoming gift on Sunday morning, when it was reported that his first-ever draft selection had indeed been arrested in Oklahoma.
Think about that—you purchase an NFL franchise, you watch as your first draft comes into focus as a group of young men become players for your team—and your first-ever selection goes out less than two months later and gets arrested for, let's face it, being incredibly reckless and stupid.
With a prior incident on his résumé and then driving under the influence of three times the legal limit, you can bet Blackmon will be placed in the NFL's substance abuse program—as well he should be. So, Blackmon will step onto the football field this year with the knowledge that one more misstep will certainly lead to a suspension.
Will Justin Blackmon make it through 2012 without being suspended?
If you're Khan, how upset must you be that the young man you took a chance on in the first round will have the possibility of suspension hanging over his every move from the moment he signs his first NFL contract?
This is Blackmon's wake-up call. He has placed himself under an incredibly strong microscope, and there is one surefire way to remove it—dominate on the field.
Clearly, the Jaguars thought his talent was too good to pass up this past April, ignoring the character issues that had some teams shying away. For a team that is desperate to jump-start its passing game, Blackmon could be a key component—if he can stay on the field and out of trouble.
If not, the rookie out of Oklahoma State will be the latest in a long, sad line of guys like Charles Rodgers or former Jacksonville receiver R. Jay Soward, who were drafted in the first round despite off-field issues and ended up allowing those issues to ruin their careers.