PC5 for Friday, August 19, 2016: Top Five NFL Players That Need to Find Their Way
5. Joseph Randle – Compared to other players on this list, Randle certainly doesn’t have the statistics or collegiate accolades to warrant a spot in our Top 5, nonetheless, his off the field issues deserve a mention. Back in March, Randle was arrested for the sixth time in 17 months. He’s currently an NFL free agent. Randle hasn’t shown us anything to prove he’s a potential NFL-star, but he has shown us he’s fully capable of being a backup RB.
4. Le’Veon Bell – The former Michigan State RB has been electric when he’s on the field for Pittsburgh… When he’s on the field. Injuries aside, Bell can’t seem to keep his head in the game. Is he suspended this year, or did Bell dodge a piss-test bullet? We’re in wait and see mode now. Fact is, if Bell misses more time due to drug-related issues, you can see why he’s made this Top 5.
3. Aldon Smith – In 2011, Aldon Smith came out of the gates on fire with the San Francisco 49ers. In his rookie season, primarily playing on third downs, Smith recorded 14 sacks. He followed his rookie campaign with 19.5 more and First Team All-Pro honors. 33.5 sacks in 32 games to start his career. Since then… Difficultly avoiding trouble and suspensions.
2. Josh Gordon – Gordon was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2012 Supplementary Draft. He put up strong rookie numbers that year, 50 REC, 805 YDS, and 5 TDs. In 2013 though, we saw a glimpse of what Gordon could have been… 87 REC, 1,646 YDS, and 9 TDs; all this with a Cleveland-like QB throwing him the ball. Unfortunately, he played only five games the following season and hasn’t played since.
1. Justin Blackman – 2x Biletnikoff Award winner, 2x Paul Warfield Trophy winner, 2x unanimous All-American at Oklahoma State, and fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars… Blackman has not played a snap since November 2013. In 2013, Blackman began showing signs of why the Jaguars traded up in the draft to selected him with the fifth pick. In four games, Blackman averaged 103.8 Y/G on 29 receptions… And then he was gone. At this point it’s hard to say if Blackman will ever return to the NFL. It’s too bad, the man had talent.