Blake Bortles, chosen by Jacksonville with the third pick in the draft May 8, thought he would be selected by the Browns one pick later. Bortles was on the Browns practice fields in Berea on June 27, along with the other AFC rookies as part of the NFL Play 60 rookie symposium. The Browns did get their quarterback, but not until 19 picks later, when they moved up from 26 to 22 to draft Johnny Manziel. “The pre-draft visit (to Jacksonville) went really well and I made some good connections, but there was nothing further than that,” Bortles said. “I had no idea. I was as surprised as anybody else when they called me. “I definitely thought there was more of a possibility I’d be here than Jacksonville, but that’s not the way it turned out and I couldn’t be happier to be where I am.” The Browns had the fourth pick at the start of the draft. After the Jaguars took Bortles, the Browns traded the fourth pick to the Bills for the ninth pick and the Bills’ first-round pick next year, plus Buffalo’s fourth-round pick in 2015. The Browns then traded the ninth pick and a fifth-round pick to the Vikings for the eighth pick and used it on cornerback Justin Gilbert. No one outside of the Browns’ front office and head coach Mike Pettine knows for certain whether General Manager Ray Farmer would have picked Bortles fourth had he been available. One thing is certain; Bortles has no paparazzi following him. Manziel wishes he had that privacy.
Bortles thought the Browns would draft him
The News-Herald | Jun 29