Blackmon to speak to reporters today

Jaguars 1st-round draft pick was arrested Sunday on charge of aggravated DUI

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Justin Blackmon will face the media Wednesday afternoon for the first time since his aggravated DUI arrest in Oklahoma last Sunday morning.

Blackmon will be joined by head coach Mike Mularkey and General Manager Gene Smith at a 1:15 p.m. news conference at EverBank Field.

The Jaguars' first-round draft pick returned to Jacksonville Tuesday and spent time talking with former Jaguar Fred Taylor about life in the NFL, who was on hand to talk to all the rookies.

Blackmon has not yet signed with the Jaguars, and it was not immediately known how the charge might impact negotiations.

Blackmon remains free on $1,000 bond and is due back in court in Stillwater, Okla., on July 24 for another hearing in his DUI case.

Blackmon is Jacksonville's fourth first-round draft pick since 2000 to face problems after being selected. The team has tried for nearly a decade to find a suitable replacement for its best receiving tandem ever, Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell.

Former Arkansas quarterback-turned-wide receiver Matt Jones, selected in 2005, was charged with cocaine possession in July 2008 and ordered into a drug treatment program. He was suspended for three games in late 2008 for violations of the NFL's drug policy and cut in the spring of 2009.

The team's 2004 first-round pick, Washington wide receiver Reggie Williams, wasn't re-signed after being charged with drug possession in Houston in 2009.

And wide receiver R. Jay Soward of Southern Cal, taken in the first round in 2000, seldom played due to drug and alcohol problems that led to numerous suspensions.

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