Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, made his debut for the Jacksonville Jaguars during Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts, and started his first game the following week against the San Diego Chargers. Bortles remained in that role for the duration of the season, and finished with 2,908 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

Jacksonville’s decision to push Bortles into a starting role so soon could wind up derailing his career, Shaun King said Monday on SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio. And should whichever team selects Marcus Mariota in the upcoming draft move the Oregon product into a starting role his rookie season, Mariota may fall victim to a similar fate.

“The reason I’m not a big Marcus Mariota fan, especially early in the first round, is because he’s not ready to play this year,” King said. “Everybody knew Blake Bortles wasn’t ready to play as a rookie in the National Football League. But what happens, guys, is when you take quarterbacks early in the first round, it’s always because you currently don’t have one. Now what did Jacksonville tell us when they drafted Blake? He’s not gonna play as a rookie. … When did he play? As a rookie. Because when you take a quarterback that high, your fan base isn’t going to allow you to trot some veteran journeyman out there that’s not getting the job done. … I think they might’ve ruined Blake.”

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