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From ESPN --

 

The Jacksonville Jaguars pulled the first surprise of the NFL draft when they selected Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles with the third overall pick Thursday night.

 

The Jaguars had been linked to linebacker Khalil Mack, receiver Sammy Watkins, and quarterback Johnny Manziel in the weeks leading up to the draft, but general manager David Caldwell said Bortles was unanimously the No. 1 target among the team's coaches and personnel people.

 

The Jaguars were so enamored with Bortles, the AAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 after throwing for 3,581 yards and 25 touchdowns, that coach Gus Bradley admitted they would have taken Bortles even if South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was still on the board. Clowney went first overall to the Houston Texans.

 

Bortles is the sixth quarterback the Jaguars have drafted and just the second since 2003. He is only the second Central Florida player drafted in the first round (Daunte Culpepper was taken with the 11th pick in 1999).

 

Caldwell said Bortles is very competitive, and the GM liked the fact that Bortles was the only one of the top quarterbacks to do every drill and workout at the NFL combine in late February.

 

"I love to compete," Bortles said. "I love to play football and I mean anytime somebody's going to ask you to throw at the combine, you get an opportunity to do that in front of every single NFL coach and GM in the country, I don't know what's wrong with you if you don't take that challenge on and go compete.....MORE HERE

 

 

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