With just 5 days until kickoff, let’s revisit our very first predictions and takes after the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Blake Bortles in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Why the Blake Bortles pick makes sense
The Jaguars shocked most NFL and draft analysts, including me, on Thursday night by selecting UCF quarterback Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick. Bortles is clearly seen as the quarterback of the future by the Jaguars brass, but who is he really? What does he do best? Where does he need work? What are some realistic expectations?
First things first: Blake Bortles is not Chad Henne. The 2013 Jaguars offense was designed not for Chad Henne, but to cater to Henne and the offense's strengths. Since the end of the 2013 season, the Jaguars have added a new starting running back and two wide receivers, so I do expect the 2014 offense that Bortles is entering to be fairly different from the 2013 offense in terms of design. However, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch does have some tendencies that correlate with Bortles skill-set.
Why the Blake Bortles pick doesn’t make sense
Bortles' biggest issues, consistent accuracy and velocity of his throws, all really stem from one thing -- his footwork. It can't even be called inconsistent. It's just plain bad more times than not.
Bortles also had some mistakes that, while not fatal, do show where he is at in his development and should remind us of what he really is: A young, rookie quarterback, who is not a finished product or near to one yet.
Read the rest of Hank’s article here.