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2012 NFL Draft: Jaguars Trade Up At No. 5 Justin Blackmon To Aid Blaine Gabbert's Development

Blaine Gabbert could use all of the help he can get after a brutal first year in the NFL as the Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback. Now he will have a familiar foe by his side as Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon is the team’s selection at No. 5 after the team traded an extra fourth round choice to move up two slots with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Blackmon was the best wide receiver in college football the last two years, at least according to the winner of the Biletnikoff Award. The Jags needed a receiver bad given the lack of any first rate wideout on the roster. Blackmon played against Gabbert at Missouri just a year ago. Now they are teammates and Gene Smith can only hope the two can become the next great offensive tandem in the NFL.

Blackmon’s stock has been questioned in recent days, but it’s impossible to argue with the production he put up. He’s not on the level of A.J. Green according to Mel Kiper, but Blackmon definitely makes the Jags offense much better. Blaine Gabbert has to be a happy man tonight.