The shock surrounding Oklahoma State football and the Cowboys’ loss to West Virginia last week has overshadowed any thoughts about two of Stillwater’s favorite sons.
Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon both have plenty to prove as professional prospects. Weeden may be on his way out of Cleveland as Brian Hoyer is being proclaimed the second coming of Tom Brady. And though it seems like Blackmon has the better job security, the Jacksonville Jaguars are in the beginning stages of an apparent firesale.
No one is safe, including Blackmon, who the Jags traded up to get in 2012. But that wasn’t the choice of current coach Gus Bradley or general manager David Caldwell, who each were hired in January 2013. And with the Browns’ trade of running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts a few weeks ago (Richardson was picked before Weeden by the Browns in the 2012 first round), it’s clear there’s zero loyalty to anyone from the Mike Holmgren regime. Browns CEO Joe Banner and head coach Rob Chudzinski were also hired after Weeden was drafted.
New regimes in Cleveland and Jacksonville mean no strings attached to the OSU greats. But while Weeden has had to sit and watch someone succeed while he’s been injured, the Jags have been historically bad without Blackmon in four games. Blackmon at least will slide right into the starting lineup, and is being touted by the Jags as one half of a potentially fortune-changing combination at wide receiver along with Cecil Shorts.
Blackmon plays in his first game of the season this weekend against the St. Louis Rams after coming off a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He’ll definitely get his chance to impress in the final 12 games of the season (if anything, to boost his stock for potential suitors).
The Browns again possess two first-round picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, and the upcoming quarterback class is shaping up to be a deep one. Even if they don’t draft a QB, Hoyer’s been impressive, which spells doom for Weeden.