Examining draft picks: Blake Bortles

May, 12, 2014
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Taking a deeper look at each of the Jacksonville Jaguars' nine draft picks:

Quarterback Blake Bortles
Round drafted (pick): First (No. 3 overall).

Bortles
Height and weight: 6-foot-5, 232 pounds

Stat(s) to know: In a comparison of 11 quarterbacks from the 2013 season, including Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater, Bortles had the highest yards-per-attempt average (7.8). ... Bortles had surprisingly good numbers in the pocket, completing 70.2 percent of his passes and averaging 9.6 yards per attempt (third-highest among the 11 QBs). ... However, his completion percentage on throws that traveled more than 10 yards in the air was only 50.2 percent. That was the second-lowest among the 11 QBs. Derek Carr had the lowest (41.3 percent). ... Bortles accounted for 20 touchdowns (14 passing) and just two interceptions in the red zone.

Where he fits: Right now it's on the bench while he adjusts to the NFL and develops behind Chad Henne but he ultimately will become the starter. That may not be until 2015, but it could be earlier. If he proves ready sometime during the season then it'd be best to get him on the field. It's imperative that Henne stay healthy because the Jaguars don't have another quarterback on the roster that has thrown a pass in a regular-season game. If he gets hurt then GM David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley face an interesting decision: put Ricky Stanzi (the most likely backup, but it could be Matt Scott) on the field or just turn things over to Bortles.

Concern(s): Bortles has some lower-body fundamentals to correct and those will help him improve his accuracy. It's encouraging that he looked more polished at his pro day than he did during the season because it shows he's able to identify his weaknesses and work on them. There's also the matter of transitioning from a spread offense to a pro-style offense, although offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch does like to use some aspects of the spread.

Rookie projection: Bortles spends at least 12 games on the bench as he learns and develops and then gets playing time, and possibly a start, late in the season.

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ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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