The Jacksonville Jaguars moved up on draft day 2012 to take Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon with the #5 overall pick. It was reported the new St. Louis Rams' head coach - Jeff Fisher - threw his glasses in frustration when the choice was announced. My, oh my, how a year can change things...
Blackmon had a decent statistical NFL rookie year, but it's been marred by idiotic mistakes off the field. He was pulled over for a DUI last June. Now he faces a four games suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse program.
"I've made a mistake and I have no excuse. I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for putting the Jaguars in this situation," Blackmon said in a prepared statement. "I look forward to putting this behind me and maturing and growing as a person."
Coupled with a DUI in 2010 while at OSTU - where the coaching staff suspended him for a game - the highly productive college star is doing his level best not to exceed expectations in the NFL.
"Coach Bradley and I have spoken with Justin, and he is well aware of our disappointment," Jaguar's GM Dave Caldwell said. "I don't think there is any question that Justin is embarrassed and remorseful..."
While I hope a young and talented receiver like Blackmon finds this recent mistake as a "golden moment" to get his act together, I can't help but think Jeff Fisher and Rams' GM Les Snead are breathing a sigh of "What might have been" relief.