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Jacksonville Jaguars Select Blake Bortles in 2014 NFL Draft

May 9 2014, 3:12am CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Jacksonville Jaguars Select Blake Bortles in 2014 NFL Draft
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The Jacksonville Jaguars chose University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles third overall in the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8.

The Jacksonville Jaguars chose University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles third overall in the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8. 

John Oehser of the Jaguars' official website writes more about the highly-touted Bortles' selection:  

"Surprise, surprise: Blake Bortles is coming to Jacksonville. 

"The Jaguars, in a move that surprised nearly every NFL analyst, on Thursday night made a move to secure their quarterback of the future, using their first selection of the 2014 NFL Draft -- the No. 3 selection overall -- on Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles. 

"The Houston Texans selected South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney No. 1 overall and the St. Louis Rams selected Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson No. 2 overall. While a trade has been rumored before the Jaguars selected, that did not occur. 

"Bortles was widely considered one of the top players at the position, along with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. 

"What he certainly is now is a player the Jaguars expect to be a cornerstone player for the future, and a player around whom Jagaurs general manager David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley will continue a building process now in its second year." 

The Jacksonville Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran notes Bortle's salary with the Jaguars. 

"According to salary cap expert Joel Corry, Bortles is expected to sign a fully-guaranteed, four-year contract worth $20,654,799 with a $3,755,418 salary-cap hit this year and a signing bonus of $13,341,672.

"Bortles, who was joined at the draft by his parents, aunt and uncle and best friend, is expected to fly to Jacksonville on Friday." 

In a separate update, Oehser says Bortles went to Jacksonville for a pre-draft meeting -- an opportunity which allowed him to meet current Jaguars starting quarterback Chad Henne and "left a lasting impression." 

Oehser then writes more on how Bortles' fascination with the Jaguars intensified. 

"Bortles, who played at Oviedo High School outside of Orlando, grew up well aware of the Jaguars, and attended five or six Jaguars games in the 1990s. 

"He said he had memories of players such as running backs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew and quarterback Mark Brunell, though he watched and attended fewer games recently with Sundays busy following his college games the day before. 

"'We played on Saturday, so I didn't have a lot of free days on Sunday,' he said.

"Bortles impressed the Jaguars' organization by participating full in the NFL Scouting Combine in late February, something many highly-regarded prospects -- particularly quarterbacks -- don't always do. That's a competitiveness Bradley and Caldwell said they liked.

"The meeting several weeks later in Jacksonville also went well, and Bortles while he had a good feeling about all four teams he visited -- Houston (Texans), Oakland (Raiders) and Cleveland (Browns) among them -- the feeling about Jacksonville was perhaps stronger than the rest." 

Bortles says Jacksonville discussed its plans for him and that he's excited to get started, per a post-draft press conference transcript courtesy of the Jaguars' public relations department. 

"We talked about it. They obviously have Chad Henne and I obviously have things I need to work on. I've never looked at an NFL playbook so there's going to be challenges that I'm going to have to overcome but I can't wait to get there and work to be the best I can be and start competing."

In yet another update, Oehser spoke with Caldwell, who said Bortles was their unanimous choice.  

"When our college staff got together and our coaching staff got together he was a unanimous consensus of the guy that we all wanted. I never let my feelings known to the personnel staff, never let them known to the coaching staff.

"Independently the coaches, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator did it without any collaboration with the scouts, without themselves and everybody kind of came up with the same guy we wanted with the first pick and that was Blake Bortles.

 

"We feel great about it, and now he's a Jaguar." 

In his three years at Central Florida, Bortles passed for 7,598 yards and 56 touchdowns and 19 interceptions on a 153.8 passer rating, per Sports-Reference.com. 

For more of the hottest sports news, check out Sport Balla today. 

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