Blake Bortles was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars third overall in the NFL Draft Thursday, and NFL analyst Bill Polian believes the pick may rejuvenate the Jags franchise.
The Jaguars have fallen on hard times in recent years with average attendances because of a team that doesn't inspire much confidence.
Although they haven’t ever had the first overall pick in the draft during their 19 seasons in the NFL, the 2014 round of selections saw them draft early again, this time at number three.
Many thought they would draft a linebacker or a wide-out, but Jacksonville provided the shock of the night when they were the first team to take a QB, with the pro-style signal caller Bortles hearing his name announced.
NFL insider Bill Polian believes that this pick is great for the franchise, with the analyst explaining that Bortles’ Florida roots could prove vital as he becomes popular with his new team and their fans.
“David Caldwell and Gus Bradley of the Jacksonville Jaguars did a masterful job of disguising what they were going to do with their pick," Polian explained.
“They took a hometown boy, they got a double header with this pick. It’s a very popular pick and it energizes their fanbase.
“He’s from just down the road in Orlando and he’s a Florida boy. The fanbase are as happy as can be.
“They’ve got a player that after all of the studying and the work that can be their quarterback of the future.”