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Jaguars Take QB Bortles With 3rd Pick In NFL Draft

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08:  Blake Bortles of the UCF Knights poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #3 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 08: Blake Bortles of the UCF Knights poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #3 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars made the first surprise selection in the NFL draft by choosing UCF quarterback Blake Bortles with the third overall pick.

The Jaguars took Bortles over fellow signal callers Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater, as well as dynamic receiver Sammy Watkins and versatile defensive end Khalil Mack.

Jacksonville has long needed a quarterback since taking Byron Leftwich in 2003 and Blaine Gabbert in 2011. But general manager Dave Caldwell made it seem like drafting a quarterback early was a long shot, saying Friday that “I think the majority of this (quarterback) class has a ways to go.”

SLIDESHOW: Inside The 2014 NFL Draft 

The 6-foot-5 Bortles completed 68 percent of his passes last season for 3,581 yards, with 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

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