Blake Bortles as a Cleveland Brown?
The Jaguars’ rookie quarterback himself thought it was quite possible.
Bortles told the Willoughby, Ohio News-Herald he believed he could be taken by the Browns, who had two first-round selections and a clear need at quarterback when the 2014 NFL Draft began.
“I definitely thought there was more of a possibility I’d be here than Jacksonville, but that’s not the way it turned out and I couldn’t be happier to be where I am,” Bortles said in a story published by the News-Herald on Friday, with the former Central Florida star noting that he was “as surprised as anybody else” when the Jaguars took him third overall.
With the No. 22 pick, the Browns took their rookie passer, selecting Johnny Manziel, whose every move draws scrutiny, it seems.
“He’s way more under the microscope,” Bortles said of Manziel, according to Jeff Schudel of the News-Herald. “He’s way more of a celebrity than me. He’s got a lot of stuff to deal with that I don’t have to.”
Indeed, that seems to be the case, to say the least.