2012 NFL Draft - Pick 5: Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

by Nicholas Minnix on April 26, 2012 @ 16:54:15 PDT


The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon with the fifth overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon
Gabbert's new fav: Blackmon

Fantasy Analysis: The Jags have in many ways failed to provide its passers with a true No. 1 wideout. This regime has kind of tied its fortunes to Blaine Gabbert's vessel, so moving up (in a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) to No. 5 to nab what many considered the No. 1 prospect at the position was an aggressive but understandable move.

Some evaluators remain skeptical of Blackmon's ability to separate from NFL-caliber corners. The two-time Belitnikoff Award-winner isn't in the same category as the top two wideouts from last year's class, A.J. Green and Julio Jones, but he's considered a complete receiver and may prove to be a No. 1 type.

As the primary target for the fantasy unfriendly Gabbert and J-ville's offense, Blackmon won't be an attractive fantasy football play. He'll see single coverage until he proves that such a look isn't enough to slow him down, but owners should probably expect his production to be capped somewhere in the neighborhood of a WR4, and that's probably asking a lot.

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