Nobody can say Jaguars general manager David Caldwell plays it safe when it comes to acquiring talent. In fact, he may now be considered the ‘Evil Knievel’ of his craft.
After months of fan-and-expert speculation coupled with the concoction of various draft-day scenarios – including several cases of “paralysis by analysis” – nobody knew exactly what was going through Caldwell’s noodle in those preceding months.
Not the experts. Not the fans. Hell, not even his boss, Shahid Khan.
The young GM played his aces close to his chest, like a paranoid child closely guarding a valued possession. He knew whom he wanted all along, but didn’t want to spill the beans – especially when your future “face of the franchise” is at stake.
There were hordes of people stunned when commissioner Goodell didn’t call out Sammy Watkins or Khalil Mack after Jadeveon Clowney and Greg Robinson went one-two, respectively. They were even more shocked when Blake Bortles’ name was called before those names – and before Mancrush-Manziel came off the board.
“Blake Bortles? He’s raw! What a reach! Weak Arm! Flawed mechanics! Fluke Season! What about Johnny??? GRADE: F-” – Bleacher Report
In all reality, Bortles was a worthy selection. Caldwell, head coach Gus Bradley, and Jacksonville’s army of scouts were all in agreement about the selection. Bortles was their guy.
Whether the Oviedo product becomes a franchise signal caller or not is obviously to be determined. Some of the chirps coming from critics hold water. He does have a long way to go. His mechanics are a bit unconventional.
But, as I’ve been preaching on Twitter, he has certain characteristics that cannot be taught.