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Day one Draft notes

Posted Apr 27, 2012

News & notes from day one of the 2012 NFL Draft.

JAGUARS PULL OFF TRADE IN FIRST ROUND FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

The Jaguars traded their first-round pick (7th overall) and fourth-round selection (101st overall) to Tampa Bay to select wide receiver Justin Blackmon with the fifth overall pick. The Jaguars selected quarterback Blaine Gabbert with the 10th overall pick in 2011, a pick obtained from Washington in exchange for first- (16th) and second (49th)-round selections. 

 

There were 19 trades involving first-round selections on Thursday, the most since at least 1970. The previous high during that span was 15 first-round trades in 1995.

 

BLAINE GABBERT AND LAURENT ROBINSON LED HOST OF PLAYERS AT DRAFT PARTY

More than 4,000 fans turned out for the Jaguars’ 18th Annual Bud Light Draft Party on Thursday at The Markets at Town Center.  Fans were able to watch the NFL Draft live on a large LED screen. Jaguars players Blaine Gabbert, Laurent Robinson, Jeremy Mincey, D’Anthony Smith, Tyson Alualu, Cecil Shorts, Rashad Jennings, Derek Cox, Austen Lane and Will Rackley were on hand to greet fans and sign autographs. The 2012 ROAR of the Jaguars Cheerleaders were introduced and performed, as well as the D-Line.

 

A RESUME OF SUCCESS

Justin Blackmon played only three seasons at Oklahoma State but it’s fair to say he left his mark.  Blackmon finished his career with 253 receptions for 3,564 yards and 40 touchdowns.  He was a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s top receiver, becoming only the second player to win the trophy twice. 

 

Here are additional accolades for Blackmon:

  • Two-time All-America selection, the seventh player in school history to accomplish the feat.
  • Holds the NCAA record with 14 straight games with 100-plus receiving yards and 14 straight games with 100-plus receiving yards and a touchdown. 
  • Two-time unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection.
  • Ranks second in Oklahoma State history for receptions (253), touchdown receptions (40) and receiving yards (3,564).
  • Finished his junior season with 122 receptions for 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns.  Had seven 100-yard receiving games and reached 95 yards in two other games. 
  • Was offensive MVP of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in 2011, finishing with nine receptions for 186 yards and three touchdowns.  
  • Totaled a school-record 1,782 receiving yards as a sophomore, the sixth-most receiving yards in NCAA history.  Also set school records for touchdown receptions (20) and receptions (111).  Had 100-plus receiving yards and at least one receiving touchdown in every game. 
  • Named Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.
  • Had at least a 29-yard reception in every game as a sophomore and at least 105 receiving yards in every game.  Averaged 32.1 yards on his 20 touchdown catches. 

 

A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

Justin Blackmon is the first player from Oklahoma State drafted in Jaguars history. Blackmon is only the school’s seventh two-time All-America selection and ranks second in school history with 253 career receptions for 3,564 yards and 40 touchdowns. 

 

Blackmon is the fifth Oklahoma State player to be drafted in the first round in the last four years and the highest drafted player in school history since Barry Sanders was the third overall pick of the 1989 draft. 

 

OKLAHOMA STATE HEAD COACH MIKE GUNDY

"We're very proud of Justin as he takes the next step in his career.  He brought so much to our program but one thing that I'll remember about him is how hard he worked when it wasn't game day. Justin was our best practice player and set the tone for our team by his work ethic and buying in to what we were trying to accomplish as a program. He will have a lasting impact at Oklahoma State."

 

TEAMMATE JOINS BLACKMON IN FIRST ROUND

The duo of quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon led Oklahoma State to a 23-3 record during their time at the school and both were rewarded for their play on Thursday evening.  Blackmon was drafted by the Jaguars with the fifth overall pick and Weeden was selected by Cleveland with the 22nd pick, joining Baylor’s Robert Griffin III (2nd, Washington) and Kendall Wright (20th, Tennessee) as the fourth and fifth quarterback-wide receiver duos to be selected in the first round in NFL history.

 

Blackmon and Weeden are the second duo in the last three years at Oklahoma State to be drafted in the first round in the same year.  Russell Okung and Dez Bryant were both first-round picks in 2010.

 

JAGUARS SELECT WIDE RECEIVER IN FIRST ROUND FOR FOURTH TIME IN FRANCHISE HISTORY

The selection of Justin Blackmon with the fifth overall pick marked only the fourth wide receiver taken in the first round in franchise history and 21st overall.  R. Jay Soward (2000), Reggie Williams (2004) and Matt Jones (2005) were the receivers previously taken in the first round. 

 

Since Jacksonville entered the NFL in 1995, the Jaguars have had 20 first-round selections and have drafted in the following manner:

 

DEFENSE (9)

 

OFFENSE (11)

 

Defensive tackles

4

Wide receivers

4

Safeties

2

Running backs

2

Linebacker

1

Offensive linemen

2

Cornerback

1

Quarterbacks

2

Defensive end

1

Tight end

1

 

BLACKMON ON HIS SKILLS

“I’m competitive, someone that likes to compete, go up and get the ball, not afraid to run across the middle.  Someone that’s going to give it all you’ve got every time you step inside the white line.”

 

HIGHEST DRAFT PICK SINCE 1996 AND THIRD-HIGHEST OVERALL

The Jaguars’ selection of Justin Blackmon with the fifth overall pick was third-highest selection in franchise history.  Offensive tackle Tony Boselli was the second overall pick in 1995 and linebacker Kevin Hardy was selected second overall the following year in 1996.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Justin Blackmon served as class president as a senior at Plainview High School.

 

FIRST ROUND BREAKDOWN

The Jaguars’ fifth pick in the first round of the 2011 draft was the team’s 20th overall first round selection.  Here is a breakdown of the first round picks:

 

YEAR

NO

PLAYER

COLLEGE

1995

2

OT Tony Boselli

Southern California

 

19

RB James Stewart

Tennessee

1996

2

LB Kevin Hardy

Illinois

1997

21

DT Renaldo Wynn

Notre Dame

1998

9

RB Fred Taylor

Florida

 

25

SS Donovin Darius

Syracuse

1999

26

CB Fernando Bryant

Alabama

2000

29

WR R. Jay Soward

Southern California

2001

13

DT Marcus Stroud

Georgia

2002

9

DT John Henderson

Tennessee

2003

7

QB Byron Leftwich

Marshall

2004

9

WR Reggie Williams

Washington

2005

21

WR Matt Jones

Arkansas

2006

28

TE Marcedes Lewis

UCLA

2007

21

S Reggie Nelson

Florida

2008

8

DE Derrick Harvey

Florida

2009

8

OT Eugene Monroe

Virginia

2010

10

DT Tyson Alualu

California

2011

10

QB Blaine Gabbert

Missouri

2012

5

WR Justin Blackmon

Oklahoma State

 

ANOTHER TOP 10 PICK FOR JAGUARS

The Jaguars have selected in the top 10 for five straight seasons, the longest streak in the NFL.  The Jaguars traded into the top 10 in two of those seasons. The club had the 26th overall pick in 2008 and traded up to select defensive end Derrick Harvey at number 8. The Jaguars entered the 2011 draft with the 16th overall pick and traded with Washington to select quarterback Blaine Gabbert with the 10th overall pick.

 

The first round picks the last five drafts include Harvey (2008, 8th overall), OT Eugene Monroe (2009, 8th), DT Tyson Alualu (2010, 10th), Gabbert (2011, 10th) and WR Justin Blackmon (2012, 5th).

 

FIFTH WIDE RECEIVER TAKEN BY GENE SMITH

Gene Smith is in his fourth season (2009-12) as the Jaguars general manager. Of the 21 players selected, 12 were on the offensive side of the ball, eight on defense and one return specialist.  The selection of Justin Blackmon is the highest wide receiver selected since 2009 and fifth overall (Mike Thomas, 2009; Jarett Dillard, 2009; Tiquan Underwood, 2009; Cecil Shorts, 2011). 

 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER IN THE SECOND ROUND?

If history is any indication the Jaguars will select an offensive player in the second round.  The Jaguars have drafted either two offensive players or two defensive players with their first two picks in each of the last seven years.  The Jaguars used the first three picks in 2011 to draft offensive players in QB Blaine Gabbert (1st round), G/C Will Rackley (3rd round) and WR Cecil Shorts (4th round). 

 

JAGUARS SELECT JUNIOR FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

Since juniors were formally allowed to enter the draft in 1990, the Jaguars have taken 13 underclassmen.  The Jaguars have drafted an underclassman in back-to-back drafts and seven times in the last nine years. 

 

YEAR

RD

PLAYER

COLLEGE

1996

2nd

DE Tony Brackens

Texas

1999

2nd

DT Larry Smith

Florida State

2002

2nd

OT Mike Pearson

Florida

2003

4th

RB LaBrandon Toefield

Louisiana State

2003

4th

TE George Wrighster

Oregon

2004

1st

WR Reggie Williams

Washington

2006

2nd

RB Maurice Jones-Drew

UCLA

2006

7th

CB Dee Webb

Florida

2007

1st

S Reggie Nelson

Florida

2008

1st

DE Derrick Harvey

Florida

2009

2nd

OT Eben Britton

Arizona

2011

1st

QB Blaine Gabbert

Missouri

2012

1st

WR Justin Blackmon

Oklahoma State

 

JAGUARS ALL-TIME DRAFT BY POSITION

Justin Blackmon became the 21st wide receiver taken by the Jaguars in franchise history.  Here’s a look at the Jaguars all-time draft picks by position:

       

Defensive linemen

27

Offensive linemen

22

Wide receivers

21

Linebackers

18

Running backs

15

Safeties

14

Cornerbacks

13

Tight ends

5

Quarterbacks

5

Placekickers

2

Punters

2

Long snapper

1

Return specialist

1

Total

146

 

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

The second round of the NFL Draft gets underway at 6 p.m. on Friday and will continue through round three.  Each team has seven minutes to make a selection in round two and five minutes for each of the remaining four rounds.  The Jaguars own the sixth pick in the second round, the 38th overall, and the seventh pick in the third round, the 70th overall.  2012 first-round pick Justin Blackmon will be available to the media at EverBank Field at 12:30 p.m.

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