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Recently drafted Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles says he thought he would be selected by the Cleveland Browns

Posted: June 28, 2014 - 3:29pm  |  Updated: June 28, 2014 - 3:33pm
 Blake Bortles (5) hands off in the OTA. The Jacksonville Jaguars held their first OTA at Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Jacksonville.  Bruce.Lipsky@jacksonville.com
Bruce.Lipsky@jacksonville.com
Blake Bortles (5) hands off in the OTA. The Jacksonville Jaguars held their first OTA at Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Jacksonville.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, chosen by Jacksonville with the third pick in the draft May 8, thought he would be selected by the Browns one pick later, according to The News-Herald in Cleveland

“The pre-draft visit (to Jacksonville) went really well and I made some good connections, but there was nothing further than that,” Bortles is quoted as saying. “I had no idea. I was as surprised as anybody else when they called me."

Earlier this month Bortles signed a four-year contract with the Jaguars worth $20,654,796, including a $13,341,672 signing bonus. His salary cap number of $3,755,418 this year ranks 14th on the Jaguars. “It’s the last piece of the puzzle to the whole draft process,” he said.

“It was the same thing as my freshman year of college. You’re just starting all over again,” he said of the transition from Central Florida to the Jaguars. “Everybody is just bigger, stronger and faster. You’re learning a new playbook. You’re meeting new people. You have different challenges.”

 

 

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R.G. IngersollFan
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R.G. IngersollFan 07/01/14 - 09:01 pm
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Let's revisit this topic in

Let's revisit this topic in two years. Until then it's all speculation and guessing.

One thing's for sure; I'd rather be us with Bortles than us with Manziel. Who needs the kind of constant scrutiny that comes with a Manziel or a Tebow, especially with a sub-par team to work with?

(By the way, what's Timmy boy doing these days? And where are those here who predicted he'd be in the NFL by now? Y'all suddenly lose your voices?)

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ALeo 06/29/14 - 04:06 pm
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I agree it was a risk but

I agree it was a risk but trading down can be a risk as well. If Bortles becomes a franchise QB then it was worth it. However let's look at trading down and the "deal of the decade" which was the Rams deal for RG3. The Rams received a first-round pick in 2012, a second-round pick in 2012, a first-round pick in 2013 and a first-round pick in 2014. In addition the Redskins weren't that good so they were fairly high picks as well. Let's see who the Rams drafted with those picks:
LB Alec Ogletree, WR Stedman Bailey, RB Zac Stacy, CB Janoris Jenkins, DT Michael Brockers, and G Rokevious Watkins.
If RG3 ends up being a franchise QB or even a HOF'er was it a good trade ?? I don't think so. However if he doesn't last due to injury then the Rams made out like bandits.
The upshot is that the draft is always a gamble but if you have a potential franchise QB, you're crazy not to take the gamble.

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PAX 06/29/14 - 02:49 pm
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I agree that you don’t know

I agree that you don’t know if Cleveland (or for that matter Oakland or Minnesota) would have taken Bortles. I also agree that if Jaguars management thought Bortles was worth it (this is where the real “game” was) they were right to take him.

What the point boils down to is cost--the real cost. The actual cost for the Jaguars to snap up Bortles at number 3 might not have merely been the risk of using a high first round pick on a QB but of forgoing three picks from Buffalo (2014-9, 2015-1st and 2015-4th) for their one #3 pick this year.

I did think using a high first round pick for a QB this year was, in itself, a courageous move that we were due for and a gamble that was well worth taking (despite the misfire in 2011 with Gabbert and my suspicion that Manziel might have had the highest upside.) What changes the prism I see that move through (just my view – I don’t expect concurrence) was the apparent bypassing of a windfall trade opportunity—something that also didn’t seem to generate a lot of media scrutiny.

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ALeo 06/29/14 - 10:24 am
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How do we know that if the

How do we know that if the Jags had gotten cute and figured they could get him later and traded down that the Browns WOULDN'T have picked him with the 4th pick ??
Most teams admitted that Bortles was the top QB on their draft boards and there were a bunch of QB hungry teams this draft. Therefore if David and Gus were convinced that he is a potential franchise QB, then they were right not to play games and take him with the 3rd pick. QB is such a critical position and the Jags had a huge need at that position and Blake could be our QB for the future. Therefore in that situation, if you're a GM you pull the trigger and take him.

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PAX 06/28/14 - 10:38 pm
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If Bortles were still

If Bortles were still available at number 4, it is unlikely that the Browns would have taken him.

The reason is that the Browns already had the best deal of the entire draft already lined up with Buffalo to trade their 4th pick for Buffalo’s 9th pick as well as Buffalo’s first and fourth round picks next year! It was also a safe bet from there that one of the top 3 QBs (Manziel/Bortles/Bridgewater) would then still be available for the Browns at 9 (or in the Browns case even at 22.) I’m still puzzled why the Jaguars weren’t able to or didn’t opt to take that trade with Buffalo and then look for Bortles (or Manziel) at 9?

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