Pettine: Browns wouldn’t have drafted Bortles if available at No. 4

Mike Pettine says the Browns didn't consider drafting Blake Bortles with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

John David Mercer

The NFL Draft happened five months ago, but head coach Mike Pettine said the Browns wouldn’t have drafted Jaguars’ QB Blake Bortles if he would’ve been available at four. He was selected by Jacksonville at three.

"I think we stated this before," Pettine said. "There wasn’t any quarterback in the discussion for us at four, but we certainly had a first round grade on him.

"We weren’t going to stray from the board form a value standpoint," Pettine said. "We weren’t going to take a player that was rated outside of…you always want to be taking a player that you have ranked above the position where you’re taking him. You’re hopeful that if you’re picking at four, you’re taking a guy who’s ranked in your top three, or like I said, when we traded out, you’re always looking for that value.

"You don’t want to reach for a guy from a positional need," he added. "We talked about this post-draft. The ranking, it’s weighted by the importance of the position anyway, so you didn’t want to push it up even further just because there was a perceived need."

Bortles said he is glad he’s getting the chance to play with the Jaguars.

"I’m definitely happy to be here in Jacksonville," he said. "Brian (Hoyer) is obviously, playing well and I’m sure Johnny (Manziel) will get his chance. I definitely hope he does well."

Pettine was asked if the Browns wouldn’t have made the trade with the Bills, if they would’ve taken wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

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"Yeah, I think we said that already," he said. "I think if we would have stayed at four it would have been him."

The Browns received a No. 1 draft choice in 2015 from the Bills for swapping spots from four to nine and took Watkins.

Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil has been impressed with Bortles so far.

"He’s a good player with a strong arm," O’Neil said. "We’re going to have to do a great job in the secondary. There’s a reason he was a top five pick."