Jaguars selection of Blake Bortles at No. 3 draws mostly positive reactions


Moments before the pick was announced, shockwaves of surprise erupted on Twitter.

And then, the takeover began… Duval got their quarterback of the future as the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Blake Bortles out of UCF with the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Everyone seemed to really liked the pick, players included.

To some, the pick was a bit of a shock…

Like it or not, CBS gave the Jaguars pick their ONLY ‘A+’ grade of the night, that is a refreshing change for national media to actually approve of what the team is doing.

Me? Well, I LOVE the Bortles pick.

Bortles was my top quarterback choice ahead of AJ McCarron and Jimmy Garappolo. He will sit and learn and, like a sponge, absorb as much as he can about the offense from offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo. But there is a bit of a twist.

According to a report by Pro Football Talk, the Jaguars have loved Bortles since last year, but kept it quiet.

The quarterback process went early on in the fall last year and he was a guy that I always felt really strongly about, but I never let my intentions known. I let the process play out, and once our coaches got a hold of all the evaluations of our personnel staff, he became the consensus No. 1, without me influencing anybody. It became very clear to us that he was the guy at the quarterback position that we were going to target. – Dave Caldwell

The twist comes at the end of the report where it states that while Caldwell claims quarterback Chad Henne is the starter, Bortles could beat Henne for the job.

Caldwell added that Chad Henne still has a shot to keep the starting job in Jacksonville, and that the Jaguars would be fine with Bortles not becoming the starter until 2015. But if Bortles, is as good as Jacksonville thinks he is, he should be able to beat out Henne. – Pro Football Talk

We shall see, only time will tell.

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