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Jaguars go big by drafting Bortles 3rd overall

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By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell returned home from a scouting trip last October, turned on the television and saw Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger getting pounded by Baltimore.

That's when it clicked.

Caldwell wanted a big, bulky quarterback who could take a beating.

So UCF's Blake Bortles became Caldwell's guy, ranked ahead of Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and everyone other quarterback in the NFL draft.

Caldwell says, "You have to have a guy that can take a beating."

Jacksonville surprisingly chose the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Bortles with the third overall pick Thursday night, pointing to his competitiveness and toughness as what stood out during the draft process.



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