May 6, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) works out during rookie mini camp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
Just a little over a month ago, I was pretty adamant about the fact that I wanted the Cleveland Browns to select wide receiver Justin Blackmon over running back Trent Richardson with their first draft choice. Instead, the Browns went with Richardson at No. 3 overall, while the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to pick Blackmon at No. 5 overall.
Since then, Richardson has quickly put in the work to become a fan favorite in Cleveland without even playing a down. Blackmon, on the other hand, ended up on a team that's worse off than Cleveland (in my opinion), and now he has gotten in trouble with the law for driving under the influence. From our Jaguars affiliate:
As more details surface regarding the arrest of Jaguars first round pick Justin Blackmon, the worse the incident appears. In the latest update via Seattle Times, Stillwater police spokesman Capt. Randy Dickerson said in a statement that Blackmon blew a .24 into the breathalyzer before his arrest. Blackmon was reportedly pulled over for driving 60 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone and driving left of center.
For perspective, a .08 blood alcohol content is above the legal limit to drive and .27 is labeled as "death possible" on this BAC chart via Brad21.org.
This is the second time in three years that Blackmon has had such an issue. You definitely hope a guy like this can get over his issues with drinking, but in hindsight, I am also saying, "thankfully, he is not Cleveland's problem." As hypocritical as it sounds to what I was saying over a month ago, I am fully on the "Richardson > Blackmon" bandwagon as of today.
Hat tip to troy145 for posting about this as a FanShot.