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Buccaneers ex-GM says the team watched Justin Blackmon for a week at the bar before draft

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers  general manager Mark Dominik described how troubled wide receiver Justin Blackmon fell off the team’s draft board in 2012.

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“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 ESPN Radio’s “The Herd” Thursday. “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.”

It sounds weird, but teams do this all the time.

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