Former Oklahoma State Two-Time All-American Justin Blackmon signed a four-year, $18.5 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday night. Blackmon was the last of the thirty two 2012 first-round picks to sign.
Missing the first 11 days of practice for the Jaguars, Blackmon is considered behind in terms of conditioning, route running and learning the playbook. Coach Mike Mularkey is no longer concerned about Blackmon’s effort to reach full potential as a receiver once Blackmon pleaded guilty to an aggravated DUI charge that occurred in June, days after a Jaguars mini-camp.
Since the DUI charge, Blackmon has changed his attitude is focused on becoming the NFL prodigy he is expected to be. However, recognitions such as the Biletnikoff Award and All-American honors will not be as simple to attain. Compared to the NCAA, the NFL’s competition is significantly tougher, players are much stronger, and the talent level is much higher.
Blackmon has proven that his future in the NFL could be an illuminated one. His determination, dedication and work ethic will determine if his future will be as decorated as expected.