Jaguars select UCF quarterback Blake Bortles in 2014 NFL Draft
The first quarterback selected in 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday night went to Jacksonville in the third slot, but it wasn't Johnny Football. Blake Bortles of Central Florida, whose stock shot up last season and in subsequent workouts, was taken by the Jaguars ahead of Texas A&M sensation Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.
At 6-5, 232, Bortles had drawn comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger because of his combination of size and mobility. Jacksonville missed the last time it took a QB in the first round, Blaine Gabbert in 2011.
Earlier, the Houston Texans made South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney the first pick in the NFL draft. Considered a budding NFL star even when he was a freshman, Clowney brings size, speed and power to a Texans lineup that already has 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.
But his work ethic has been questioned after he slipped from 13 sacks to just three in 2013. Critics said he was protecting himself from injury before declaring early for the draft.
Houston previously made the top pick in two drafts, taking quarterback David Carr in 2002. He never lived up to that billing. They took DE Mario Williams in 2006, but he left for Buffalo in 2012.