JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jaguars defied expectations on Thursday and selected a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Jacksonville took Central Florida QB Blake Bortles (6-5, 332).
"When our college staff got together and our coaching staff got together, he was a unanimous consensus of the guy we all wanted," Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said of Bortles. "This has been a guy that we know very well, obviously, being very close to us (in Orlando). ... He's a self-made guy, highly competitive, highly passionate about football."
The Jaguars, who were selecting in the top 10 for the seventh consecutive year, have 10 more picks in this year's draft. Most analysts expected the Jaguars to take a quarterback but not until later in the draft.
"It's so awesome. I'm so excited," Bortles told ESPN after he was selected. "I can't wait to get to Jacksonville. It was awesome going to Jacksonville and meeting with Mr. Caldwell and coach (Gus) Bradley. I had no idea what was going to happen. It's indescribable."
Owner Shad Khan said the team would draft as many as two signal callers, but Caldwell made it clear none of the quarterbacks in this year's draft is ready to play right away. Not even for Jacksonville, which already has made Chad Henne the starter for 2014.
"We were very honest with Chad through this whole process," Caldwell said. "We told him that there was a chance we could draft a quarterback. ... Chad knew all along. ... He'll probably give us the best chance of winning this year, and Blake will obviously be the guy in the future.
"This first year is going to be critical for him to develop. For our system and what we want to do offensively, we thought Blake was the best fit."
The Houston Texans selected South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick, and the St. Louis Rams picked Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson at No. 2.
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