2014 NFL draft: Blake Bortles 'took over the room' when meeting with Jaguars

Monday April 28th, 2014

2014 NFL draft: Blake Bortles performed well in meeting with Jaguars officials Quarterback Blake Bortles impressed Jaguars coach Gus Bradley when he met with team officials. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Many have suggested that Blake Bortles will be the first quarterback selected during the 2014 NFL draft, and it appears as if the Jacksonville Jaguars are big fans of the UCF product.

According to Florida Times-Union Jaguars beat writer Ryan O'Halloran (via Jaguars blog Big Cat Country), Bortles "took over the room" during a meeting with team officials at the combine, and head coach Gus Bradley seemed to be quite fond of Bortles.


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With Jacksonville selecting third overall, the Jaguars would need the Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams to pass on Bortles, though we haven't received much indication that either of those teams are eager to draft him. It's within reason to believe he'll be available come the third pick.

On the other end of Jacksonville's search for quarterback help, the Jags don't appear to be big fans of former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, according to O'Halloran (again, via Big Cat Country).

https://twitter.com/BigCatCountry/status/460802303696457728 O'Halloran also suggested during the same radio interview on 1010XL/92.5 FM in Jacksonville that taking Sammy Watkins with the third selection would be a "no-brainer," so Bortles is far from a lock even if he falls out of the top two selections.

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