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Blake Bortles | Quarterback

Team: UCF Knights
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 221

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ESPN's Mel Kiper assigned the Jaguars an "A" grade for their draft.
"I thought the Jags did a tremendous job, which is something I mentioned more than once during our broadcast," he wrote. Kiper believed taking UCF QB Blake Bortles at No. 3 was a reach, but conceded that it "only looks shakier given where some of the other QBs landed." Jacksonville got second-round outside weapons -- and value steals -- in WRs Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. They also took a flier on injured CB Aaron Colvin in the fourth round and grabbed Josh Norris favorite LB Telvin Smith in Round 5. "If there's a question it's whether the Jags are better on defense, particularly the pass rush," Kiper wrote. "But they have some young guys coming up on that side of the ball, too. And if you think you have your QB, you need to help him. They did." Sun, May 11, 2014 04:46:00 PM

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Jaguars selected UCF QB Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Shocker. We knew it was too quiet out there on Bortles, and he's the first quarterback off the board. Bortles (6-foot-5, 232) was a two-year starter for the Golden Knights, leaving school with a 65.7 completion rate and 56:19 TD-to-INT ratio. He added 15 rushing scores and is a plus-yardage scrambling threat. Bortles looks like Andrew Luck on game tape in terms of his size-athleticism combination, but at this point in time plays more like Jake Locker, with shaky footwork and erratic accuracy. We admire Bortles' toughness and pocket movement, but he's a project with lower-body mechanical issues, sub-optimal hand size (9 3/8"), and underwhelming arm strength. He should get the nod under center in Week 1.
Thu, May 8, 2014 08:34:00 PM

Dallas Cowboy beat writer Clarence Hill Jr. reports that UCF's Blake Bortles is the No.1 QB on the Cowboys board, not Texas A & M's Johnny Manziel.

Hill mentioned in another tweet that, "this doesnt mean that (Manziel) is not in their top 16" and that the Cowboys wont take Manziel if he falls to them. While Jerry Jones has said he is not in rebuild mode, if the Cowboys do select Bortles or Manziel it could send the opposite message.
Thu, May 8, 2014 03:38:00 PM

Citing Peter King's mention of teams with QBs in their 30s possibly trading up for Blake Bortles, The MMQB's Greg A Bedard suggested the Broncos make some sense.

"Would be perfect Aaron Rodgers-like situation. Gives Bortles one, probably two years to get the work he needs to be a starter," Bedard tweeted. Our own Josh Norris mock the Broncos moving up with Miami at No. 19 to leapfrog the Cardinals to select Bortles. We have not forgotten about Brock Osweiler (contract is up after 2015), and understand the team's window to win might be short, but the fifth-year option and possible build similarities to Elway make it intriguing.
Thu, May 8, 2014 11:42:00 AM

ESPN's Bob Holtzman, camped at the team's Mankato headquarters, reported on SportsCenter Wednesday that Minnesota is not expected to select a QB at No. 8.

Holtzman said the Vikings are "prepared to wait a round or two, if not longer." The interesting thing is that UCF's Blake Bortles, a QB who fits the prototype of HC Mike Zimmer and OC Norv Turner, is now expected to be available at No. 8. It's possible the veteran coaches have identified a Day 2 -- or even Day 3 -- signal caller (Day 2 possibilities include LSU's Zach Mettenberger or Pittsburgh's Tom Savage) that would allow them to take DT Aaron Donald in the top 10.
Wed, May 7, 2014 09:29:00 PM

UCF's Blake Bortles is a "darkhorse" for the Browns at No. 4, reports draft insider Tony Pauline.

If Cleveland passes on Bortles, however, Pauline believes Bortles is in play for the Vikings at No. 8. If Minnesota also elects to bypass the Golden Knights' golden arm, Arizona would "attempt to move up," according to the scribe. Sound complicated? Welcome to the 2014 NFL Draft.
Wed, May 7, 2014 08:31:00 PM

Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that if UCF QB Blake Bortles slips past the Vikings at No.8 the Cardinals would "attempt to move up."

"Speaking of Bortles, if he slides past the Minnesota Vikings at the eight spot look for the Arizona Cardinals to work the phones in an attempt to move up for a chance to select the quarterback," Pauline wrote. The Cardinals do need a quarterback of the future, but moving up in such a deep draft may not make sense with other immediate needs. Carson Palmer could be serviceable for the next two years, but if Arians feels Bortles could be his future signal caller and he's on the top of their board, than drafting the UCF prospect makes sense. If the Cardinals could stay put and have Bortles fall to them, it would be the ideal situation.
Wed, May 7, 2014 05:45:00 PM

The MMQB's Peter King tweeted out that the Browns and Cardinals are interested in UCF QB Blake Bortles.

King projected a long slide for Bortles in his Tuesday mock draft, slotting him to the Browns at No. 26 overall. Always self-deprecating, the respected scribe tweeted an update later in the day: "Turns out I might be wrong about Blake Bortles (the horror!). [Cleveland and Arizona] interested higher than I had him." The more pressing news here is that Bortles, once considered a potential No. 1 pick, is the newest candidate for a tumble.
Tue, May 6, 2014 10:45:00 PM

The MMQB's Peter King mocked UCF QB Blake Bortles to the Browns at No. 26, noting "I couldn't find a Bortles lover" when making calls around the league.

"One may be in hiding. We’ll see," King added. Bortles has frequently been mentioned as the top quarterback prospect in this class, as he fulfills the NFL's fantasy at the position. He and Johnny Manziel will likely duke it for the top pick at the position, but both might fall out of the top 10.
Source: The MMQB
Tue, May 6, 2014 08:02:00 AM

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Raiders "aren't really considering drafting" Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and UCF's Blake Bortles with the No. 5 pick.

"I'm not going to feel like I have to take anybody, really," Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said. "It gives us a clear vision." If the Chronicle's sources are correct -- and we don't have reason to doubt them, as many have projected the Raiders to bypass a QB since the Matt Schaub trade -- Oakland will pray that either Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack or Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins drop. If neither do, Oakland would likely take one of the three elite OT prospects (Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews, or Taylor Lewan) or Texas A&M WR Mike Evans.
Sun, May 4, 2014 07:30:00 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that UCF QB Blake Bortles "has some of the same problems Blaine Gabbert had."

"(I) worry about the pinpoint accuracy," the scout said. "I see some passes on the back shoulder, some on the back hip, some thrown back to the inside on an out route. Can those things be coached up? Some people say they can, others say they can't." That's a fair observation, but the comparison to Gabbert isn't. Even in college, where Mizzou's spread system shielded him from it, Gabbert panicked under pressure. Bortles is raw, sure, but he'll take a shot to make a play -- at times unnecessarily.
Fri, May 2, 2014 09:37:00 PM

UCF QB Blake Bortles' college OC believes he's best suited for the Vikings and Norv Turner's offensive system.

Bortles is familiar with the concepts of Turner's system, as UCF offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe ran an offense that shared commonalities. "He likes the Vikings," Taaffe said. "He feels very comfortable with them. He likes the coaches, (general manager) Rick Spielman. ... I know Blake told me he had a real comfort level with them." Bortles has been a popular pick in mock drafts for the Vikings at No. 8. "I'm not going to share some of the teams that he didn't have a great comfort level with, but Minnesota is one of the teams he felt good about," Taafe said.
Fri, May 2, 2014 06:52:00 PM

The Browns have been "smitten" with UCF QB Blake Bortles "since last fall," reports the MMQB's Peter King.

While the respected scribe believes the Browns and Texans covet Bortles -- Houston would probably only take him if they traded down from No. 1 -- King writes: "I watch Blake Bortles on video, his accuracy and escapability and his occasionally questionable decision-making, and I can’t help but think of him as a Viking." OC Norv Turner, obviously, has a history with big, sturdy pocket passers, as does HC Mike Zimmer. "I doubt he makes it to No. 8," King writes, "but [Minnesota is] the best fit for me for Bortles in the top 10."
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 06:35:00 PM

UCF QB Blake Bortles, Louisville S Calvin Pryor and Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews signed shoe deals with Nike, reports NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

Nike already signed Johnny Manziel to an endorsement deal that is reportedly the richest amongst this year's class. Brandt reports that Nike is now targeting Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 09:28:00 PM

Blake Bortles will not visit any more teams after travelling to Cleveland, capping his number at four.

The other three teams are the Jaguars, Texans and Raiders. Just because Bortles did not meet with a team, does not eliminate them from considering him. Visits and private workouts have somewhat meshed into one category.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 02:00:00 PM