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Kiper seemed to walk away impressed (subscription required) with GM Dave Caldwell’s second draft.
“I thought the Jags did a tremendous job, which is something I mentioned more than once during our broadcast.”
You can’t deny the Jaguars are trending up, especially after securing a potential franchise quarterback. While Mel didn’t like the value, he seemed to see it as a necessary pick:
“Even if I’m not in love with the value of Blake Bortles at No. 3, consider: it really only looks shakier given where some of the other QBs landed. If the Jags truly believe they have their franchise QB, can they sit and hope the Browns don’t take him at no. 4? […] You see your future, you take the shot.”
The addition of Bortles provides the Jaguars fanbase something it hasn't had in a while—hope.
Since 2003, the team has endured Byron Leftwich, David Garrard, Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. At some point, they had to find a player who can lead their franchise into the next decade.
With Bortles’ prototypical size and skill set, he projects to be successful in the NFL. The Jaguars are hoping he turns out and leads their franchise back into prominence.