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The Jaguars add Blake Bortles with the third pick


The first two picks of the 2014 draft went pretty much as we expected by the start of the draft, leaving the Jaguars with a chance to provide the night’s first excitement with the third overall selection.

The Jaguars have done just that by selecting Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles. The move drew a stunned response from a Radio City Music Hall crowd that must have expected to see Johnny Manziel as the first quarterback off the board and we’re sure that response was the same in many other places around the country.

The Jags¬†certainly need a long-term answer at quarterback and Bortles has the build and arm strength to be that answer. There wasn’t much buzz linking team and player in the last few days, although Mike Florio did suggest watching Jacksonville while discussing Bortles’ potential landing spot earlier this week.

The consensus opinion is that he might not be ready to start providing it at the outset of the 2014 season, although you’d have to imagine that the third overall pick will have a chance to at least compete with Chad Henne for the starting job.

It’s a bold move by General Manager David Caldwell and the success of his tenure, as well as that of coach Gus Bradley, will likely have a lot to do with how well this pick turns out for the Jags.

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40 Responses to “The Jaguars add Blake Bortles with the third pick”
  1. britishraven says: May 8, 2014 8:35 PM


  2. billsncowboys says: May 8, 2014 8:35 PM

    Pretty surprised I didn’t hear the words “With the third pick in the 2014 NFL draft the Jacksonville Jaguars select Johnny Manziel”

  3. arlingtonsynn says: May 8, 2014 8:35 PM

    Manziel’s face was classic…

  4. h0c2000 says: May 8, 2014 8:35 PM

    roethlisberger part II?

  5. jjackwagon says: May 8, 2014 8:36 PM

    No guarantees on any pick of the draft, but the Jags need a QB and this one is as good as any available.

  6. billytodd2013blbaad says: May 8, 2014 8:36 PM

    Jags could have done worse and drafted Johnny Flukeball..LOL

  7. danmarinos1stlovechild says: May 8, 2014 8:37 PM

    Good for the Jags I always thought he was better than Manzel.

  8. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 8, 2014 8:38 PM


  9. gobuxfla says: May 8, 2014 8:39 PM

    Gabbert redux.

  10. kindbass says: May 8, 2014 8:40 PM

    All those “highlights” they showed after the pick were all passes to wide open receivers.

  11. jaxdomino says: May 8, 2014 8:41 PM

    BOLD (All the Pun Intended) pick! Time for a new jersey!

  12. staffordsyear says: May 8, 2014 8:41 PM

    Nice pick Jacksonville.

  13. fatguystrangler says: May 8, 2014 8:41 PM

    It’s moves like this and the Bills trade that makes the extra two weeks wait almost worth it

  14. coldwater32301 says: May 8, 2014 8:41 PM

    We’ll Manzel didn’t want to be in Jacksonville anyway…safe pick with Bortles…wish it was Bridgewater or Mack but better safe than sorry….

  15. xcflqb7 says: May 8, 2014 8:43 PM

    Need vs value pick – hopefully not Gabbert 2.0 though I can’t imagine another QB showing such a lack of cajonies

  16. Norseman says: May 8, 2014 8:47 PM

    Poor value. Local business concerns over-ride any other consideration.

    Bet Tampa takes Manziel now to compete for Florida market share.

  17. bworacle says: May 8, 2014 8:47 PM

    Texans now guaranteed to finish last in the AFC South for the next 10 years.

  18. rodh32340 says: May 8, 2014 8:50 PM

    The job is his if he wants to put in the time..

  19. leagueobservr says: May 8, 2014 8:50 PM

    Reminds many of Roethlisberger, could be a good one. Nice pick Jacksonville!

  20. juliusanonymous says: May 8, 2014 8:51 PM

    Good choice, Jags! Glad to see Gus Bradley and the Jaguars choosing the best pure QB in the draft.


  21. irritatedbirdsfan says: May 8, 2014 8:52 PM

    Wouldn’t it be nice to see the Jags become relevant again?

  22. audient says: May 8, 2014 8:54 PM

    Bust Bustles

  23. cwk22 says: May 8, 2014 9:11 PM

    Waiting to see the greatgabberts response.

  24. thereyougo2 says: May 8, 2014 9:14 PM

    @norseman. U do realize how far apart Jville is from Tampa. Kingbass covered receivers usually don’t catch the pass or it’s picked.

    Surprise pick thought for sure Bradley would go defense (Mack). Maybe Gus and his staff see something of a sure thing. We shall see but I like the guts for trying.

  25. bayoor75 says: May 8, 2014 9:16 PM

    Ha ha ha…my prayers were answered. Blaine Gabbert 2.0. Watt, Clowney and Mercilus are all licking their chops already!

    Jax set back another 3 years!

  26. jimmypx says: May 8, 2014 9:18 PM

    The two QBs I liked in the draft were Johnny Football and Blake Bortles. As all of the commentators said, he’s an awesome pocket passer, played on an NFL offense, physically is great, and is a competitor who took an underdog team into the Fiesta Bowl. I’m OK with this pick and I hope the commentators are right that he is like Big Ben and not like Gabbert. Time will tell but Caldwell bet his job on this pick.

  27. thegreatgabbert says: May 8, 2014 9:19 PM

    Well, he’s the same size as Gabbert, but doesn’t have the arm of Gabbert. Ran a 4.95 40 to Gabbert’s 4.6. Had a 28 Wonderlic to Gabbert’s 42. Cost twice as much by draft chart value points.

    Other than that they are similar, I suppose.

  28. whatwouldlombardido says: May 8, 2014 9:21 PM

    Leave it to the Gags to make the worst pick of the draft. ROTFLMAO!

  29. htowntexan says: May 8, 2014 9:36 PM

    As a texans fan, this pick makes me happy that the jags are in the afc south.

  30. jollyjoker2 says: May 8, 2014 10:00 PM

    looks like he has the physical can he mentally play in the nfl.

  31. bornahawker says: May 9, 2014 12:31 AM

    The play was to trade down to buffalo at 9 pick the best QB at that point and pick up more selections to rebuild a garbage team. Receiver has to be next.

  32. realfootballfan says: May 9, 2014 1:29 AM

    Fisch is a very good coach, so they definitely have a plan to groom him the right way.

  33. dan073eb says: May 9, 2014 7:56 AM

    Hey Texans fans:

    Ya’ll gonna roll out Keenan again so we can sweep ya again???

  34. okeedokeesmokee says: May 9, 2014 8:04 AM

    Great pick! Best QB on the board and Dave Caldwell did an awesome job hiding who the Jags really wanted. Great poker face DC! Now load up on WR and OL. Was so sure Mack or Watkins were gonna be the pick. Let all the Jag haters hate. its what spoiled children do when they want attention then get a big smack in the mouth in reality.

  35. tealrevival says: May 9, 2014 8:04 AM

    Funny to see the little Texans talk smack after they got beat twice by the “lowly” jags.

  36. joeblowsintoronto says: May 9, 2014 8:13 AM


  37. xli2006 says: May 9, 2014 8:20 AM

    Blaine Gabbert 2.0

  38. xli2006 says: May 9, 2014 8:25 AM

    The Jags have more holes to fill than the AVN Awards.

    If they wanted Bortles they could have moved back a bit and still taken him. For a team that traded literally an entire draft for a bust DE a few years ago, they could have easily stocked some picks by moving back and picked the same player.

    The Jags will be Jags.

  39. thebirdsareback says: May 9, 2014 12:30 PM

    If he’s half as good as flacco and ben, ya’ll will be alright. Glad to see jacksonville doing some things right. Loved when we were all in the same division. Jags used to own baltimore. Not the case anymore

  40. simonator917 says: May 9, 2014 5:08 PM

    I hope he succeeds, and, though I don’t care for Rothlisberger, I hope he is equally successful. My concern, however, has to do with the amount of games he’s played; he had one successful year and now he’s off to the pros? That was Mark Sanchez’s route and we know how that turned out.

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