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April 28, 2012

OSU's Weeden and Blackmon picked in first round

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Jacksonville traded up to land Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

Cleveland swapped picks with Minnesota to draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson third, but stayed put to select OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden with the 22nd pick.

For the second time in three years, two Cowboys were selected in the NFL Draft’s first round. In 2010, Seattle took Poke offensive lineman Russell Okung with the sixth pick and the Dallas Cowboys traded up to select wide receiver Dez Bryant at No. 24.

Jacksonville coveted Blackmon, and swapped picks with Tampa Bay to get him.

Blackmon, the fifth player selected in Thursday’s first round of the NFL Draft, should provide an immediate boost to the NFL’s most anemic offense.

Mock drafts had Blackmon going everywhere but Jacksonville.

“It just goes to show you that anything can happen,” Blackmon said. “It’s a dream come true.”

Jacksonville (5-11) compiled an NFL-worst 4,149 yards on offense in the 2011 season.

Blackmon should fuel a wide receiver resurgence at Jacksonville. The two-time Biletnikoff winner caught 122 passes for 1,782 yards and 18 touchdowns as the Cowboys won their first Big 12 championship and first BCS-bowl, and finished No. 3 in the polls with a 12-1 record.

He is second all-time at OSU with 253 catches, 40 touchdowns and 3,564 receiving yards.

Blackmon’s work ethic made Oklahoma State a better team and will do the same for Jacksonville, OSU coach Mike Gundy said.

“Justin was our best practice player and set the tone for our team by his work ethic and buying into what we were trying to accomplish as a program,” Gundy said. “He will have a lasting impact at Oklahoma State.”

The Jaguars also added free agent receivers Laurent Robinson and Lee Evans to improve the receiving corp.

Weeden, the best quarterback in OSU history, will challenge former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy for the Browns’ starting quarterback slot.

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