With the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Blake Bortles. Bortles has prototypical NFL quarterback size at 6-foot-5 and is a fairly mobile player with the ability to make all the throws.
This is a good first step towards returning to prominence, along with their future left tackle in Luke Joeckel. The Jaguars hit gold in terms of potential because Bortles has the most of all the quarterbacks in this draft. With the right coaching, Bortles could easily become the best quarterback in this class, if he isn’t already.
The next step towards helping Bortles is surrounding him with talent on offense; Blaine Gabbert failed because he didn’t have the appropriate tools around him. Bortles needs to be given a fair chance to succeed, and with a deep crop of wide receivers remaining, they will have the opportunity to do so in later rounds.
Jacksonville needs more talent everywhere. Despite holding the third pick in this draft, they are the worst team in the league by far. Bortles will be challenged early and often with a lack of talent around him. It will be a long road to achieving his potential under the current circumstances in Jacksonville. Tomorrow the Jaguars will almost need to draft a pass-catcher or a running back. They have already invested a lot in him, so it will be necessary to help that investment along as best as possible.
Overall, Bortles could be a great pick for the Jaguars and it will be exciting to see what he will be able to do in Jacksonville.