By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
Tell me if you heard this one before - “Who would you pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd?”
Believe it or not, it was a discussion several radio personalities on 1010XL had with listeners and media types over who the Jaguars needed to take with the seventh pick in the draft. We bantered back and forth (a lot of times, I argued the point with Mike Dempsey) over which receiver we all thought would give the team the best chance to win.
While Blackmon was the best pro prospect coming out in the draft, I believed and stood firm with the idea that, “In five years, Michael Floyd would be the best receiver in this draft class.”
There may be an error in my way of thinking, but I also know that when we discussed these types of issues, the off-field incident with Blackmon at Oklahoma State, coupled with the fact I wasn’t sure his maturity level was where it should be made me believe the Jaguars needed to move back a few slots, pick up draft picks and take the Notre Dame star.
Floyd had 45 catches in his first season, which was below Blackmon’s success on the field, but the second year pro is on pace for 70 catches and about 900 yards. Those are solid numbers when you are playing Robin to Larry Fitzgerald’s Batman role. He may not be dynamic like a Blackmon, but he is a steady player for the Arizona Cardinals and (in my best Mike Dempsey voice) by the way, he is still on the field while Blackmon is - well you know all about that, so there is no need to rehash it.
The Jaguars picked the more athletic player and the most NFL-ready player, but did they pick the “right” player last season?
With picks like Eugene Monroe in 2009 who is no longer with the team, Tyson Alualu, who has been a disappointment since 2010, Blaine Gabbert, our darling of 2010, will no longer be here next season and then Blackmon in 2012, shouldn’t there be a question mark as to whether this was the right move to make.
And while we are at it, let’s all consider a receiver like TY Hilton of Indianapolis, a receiver who the Jaguars should have gone after, is lighting it up after being a fourth round pick last season. Excuse me if I am a little mad about it.
With Floyd, who is 6’2” and 220 pounds, you get modest production and a quality player. Blackmon, who is 6’1 and 210 has caught 93 passes in his career. I think the flash and the ability to move the chains is great, but guess who is on the sidelines?
When the Cardinals come to town and Floyd lines up on the outside – opposite Fitzgerald, I am sure questions like this will come to the minds of the fans who wanted Floyd over Blackmon.
I am just wondering if those who made the choice to take Blackmon or the organization in place right now are thinking the same thing.
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