Jacksonville Jaguars' Justin Blackmon on Road to Being Draft Bust
Justin Blackmon is an idiot.
The fifth-overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft may be a promising young receiver, but his off-field behavior has the NFL, the Jaguars and fans of both the team and the player concerned.
Blackmon was pulled over at 3 a.m. CDT on the morning of Saturday, June 2 when police noticed his car was "left of center" in his lane. According to a police statement, they noticed "he was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and his eyes were glassy and blood shot. He admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving."
But that's just scratching the surface. Blackmon blew an unheard of .24 on the blood-alcohol test—three times the legal limit in the state of Oklahoma.
This isn't Blackmon's first run-in with the law, either. In October 2010 he was arrested for driving 92 miles per hour in a 60 mph speed zone also after having consumed alcohol, which in the state of Texas is enough for a DUI complaint when the driver is under 21. Blackmon was.
The old saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." At this point, Blackmon has made a fool of the Jacksonville Jaguars and his fans. And he hasn't even taken his first snap in the NFL yet.
There were those who warned of this before the draft—myself included. Blackmon was rated as my No. 4 wide receiver chiefly because of his off-field issues and his lack of size and speed for a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. If he can't pull himself together off the field, we will never get a chance to see just how good Blackmon can be on the field.
The Jaguars are in an odd predicament, as Blackmon is currently unsigned by the team. What they can and should do is factor this in heavily to his rookie contract, setting up forfeitures and bonuses dictated by staying out of trouble and being able to participate in every game over the four years of his first deal.
Simply put, the Jaguars need to protect themselves as much as they can against the questionable investment they made in the first round.
The larger issue is obviously that Blackmon has chosen twice, at least, to drive under the influence of alcohol. The underlying factor is that he was drunk enough to be three times the legal limit in Oklahoma. Anyone who attended college can tell you that blowing a .24 is unheard of. It's well past the point of being buzzed and past the point of even being drunk.
The Jaguars need to spend considerable time figuring out why Blackmon allowed himself to get so intoxicated in the first place. It's not too late for Blackmon, but his two arrests show a clear pattern that the team and the league must be wary of.
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