Former Bucs GM: Scout shadowed Justin Blackmon before 2012 draft

Thursday April 2nd, 2015

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager and current ESPN analyst Mark Dominik described Wednesday how the Buccaneers shadowed a draft prospect in 2012.

Dominik, who served as Tampa Bay's GM from 2009-2013, said the team would use area scouts to gather information about players. Dominik went on to detail the process by which Buccaneers evaluated Justin Blackmon.

There were concerns about the former Oklahoma State receiver's off-field conduct leading up to the draft. He was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge in 2010.

Dominik said one of the Buccaneers scouts followed Blackmon around Stillwater, Okla.

"We found out there was a bar called the Cricket Inn, or the Cricket, which was a popular bar there at Oklahoma State," Dominik said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. "And so [the scout] would sit there for a week. He sat there for one week, went in every day at 3 o'clock every day and stayed till 11 o'clock at night. That was his job. And we checked: How many times did Justin Blackmon come in? And he came in too many times. And we took him off our board."

The Buccaneers held the No. 5 pick in that draft but traded it to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the No. 7 pick and a fourth-round pick in that draft. 

Jacksonville selected Blackmon and the Buccaneers picked former Alabama safety Mark Barron, who was traded to the St. Louis Rams in October.

Blackmon has been arrested multiple times over infractions related to alcohol or marijuana and has appeared in only 20 games over three seasons and none since 2013.

He is suspended indefinitely after committing a second violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy and reportedly checked into a treatment facility in September.

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