It's fascinating to ponder what might have happened had the Jaguars -- and Browns -- passed on Bortles. It's fair to assume he would have wound up with the Raiders at No. 5 or the Bucs at No. 7. We doubt he would have gotten past the Vikings at No. 8 or the Bills at No. 9. In NFL.com's recent draft do-over, Gil Brandt believes the Texans wouldn't hesitate to take Bortles with the first overall pick.
Pettine acknowledged that Jacksonville's choice to grab Bortles near the top of the round "surprised a lot of people." Even more surprising is the reality here in mid-October that a guy named Brian Hoyer has outplayed every one of those rookie passers to date.