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Top of the Class: Bortles Scores at 2014 NFL Draft

Top of the Class: Bortles Scores at 2014 NFL Draft

Summer 2014

On May 8 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Blake Bortles became the first quarterback selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, ahead of his more heavily favored competitors Johnny “Football” Manziel of Texas A&M University and Teddy Bridgewater of the University of Louisville. Chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round at No. 3, Bortles was eventually joined by running back Storm Johnson, who was picked up by the same team in the seventh round at No. 222.


It’s a dream come true to hear your name called and walk across the stage and fly to Jacksonville to meet with everybody. It’s unbelievable.

Blake Bortles, '14, to ESPN

New Knights in the NFL — 2014

  • Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Jeff Godfrey, Houston Texans
  • Storm Johnson, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Sean Maag, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Chris Martin, Houston Texans
  • Jordan McCray, Green Bay Packers
  • Justin McCray, Tennessee Titans


2014 NFL Draft: Top 5 QBs

  1. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns
  3. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
  4. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
  5. Jimmy Garoppolo, New England Patriots


Did you know? In 1987, Ted Wilson became the first UCF athlete chosen in an NFL draft.