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NFL.com's Charley Casserly had Ryan Tannehill graded higher as a draft prospect than UCF's Blake Bortles.

"Both of them were reaches to get into the top 10," Casserly said. "Both are athletic, both were somewhat raw coming out of college. But I had Tannehill rated higher. I think Tannehill has a stronger arm, can make more of the big-time throws, and is a more accurate passer. ... Both are more prospects than top-10 picks, but I had Tannehill rated higher at the same point in their college career." As Casserly implies, Bortles has a good chance of getting into the top 10 even if his current level of play doesn't justify the investment.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 5:10 PM

The Raiders hosted UCF QB Blake Bortles for a pre-draft visit on Monday.

It's not certain that Bortles will be available when Oakland gets on the clock at No. 5, but the odds are far better right now than they were one month ago. ESPN's Todd McShay wrote earlier this month that if the Raiders select a QB at No. 5, it's going to be Bortles. The Raiders currently have Matt Schaub, Trent Edwards, Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor on the roster.
Apr 19 - 8:03 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport thinks Tampa Bay is "prepared to dial up a signal-caller" with the No. 7 pick.

This is a surprising stance from a respected observer. Conventional wisdom has the Bucs passing on a QB in favor of a defensive ace like Khalil Mack or a stud WR like Mike Evans. The latter possibility has essentially become a mock draft meme in recent weeks. The Bucs signed Josh McCown as a backup to second-year QB Mike Glennon this offseason.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 1:44 AM

The Texans are hosting Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, and Johnny Manziel this week or next, according to beat writer John McClain.

We absolutely expect the Texans to select Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1, but quarterbacks will definitely be in play with the team's second-round pick, or even a potential trade up. Any of the three passers could be the first quarterback off the board on May 8.
Apr 14 - 12:18 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that if the Raiders select a QB at No. 5, it will be UCF QB Blake Bortles.

In other words, if Bortles is selected in the top four, Oakland will wait on a signal-caller. In McShay's mock, the Raiders select WR Sammy Watkins. "They need help at wide receiver, and Watkins has an elite skill set with excellent acceleration as a vertical route runner and after the catch," McShay wrote. "He also has great competitiveness and body control on contested catches that allow him to play bigger than his 6-1, 211-pound frame."
Apr 10 - 10:18 PM

UCF QB Blake Bortles has worked with Ben Roethlisberger during the pre-draft process, reports Rotoworld's Josh Norris.

If Bortles were going to pick a mentor, Roethlisberger, with whom he's drawn a few comparisons, is a good choice. Like Big Ben, Bortles is big (6-foot-5, 232 pounds), strong, and displays great pocket movement. Norris compares Bortles to "a poor man’s Andrew Luck" due to reasonable similarities in mannerisms, running ability and movement.
Apr 7 - 7:29 PM

UCF QB Blake Bortles is scheduled to visit the Texas on April 15 and 16.

If the Texans were to select a quarterback at No. 1, many have connected Bortles as the pick. He fits the NFL's fantasy in terms of a big pocket mover and head coach Bill O'Brien has ties to Bortles' college coach, George O'Leary. It is notable that Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater was not mentioned in John McClain's tweet, which included Bortles' and Johnny Manziel's visits.
Apr 7 - 2:44 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco believes UCF QB Blake Bortles is the top prospect at the position.

"I like my quarterbacks big, strong and playing in the pocket. That's why my preference is Bortles," Prisco begins. "But he will take time. He has the most upside, but it's not going to happen overnight, and we know how impatient NFL owners are these days." Teddy Bridgewater checks in behind Bortles for Prisco, with Johnny Manziel No. 3. The NFL writer is not sure any of the three will be an all-pro.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 4 - 12:36 PM

According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, the Texans will select UCF QB Blake Bortles or Texas A & M QB Johnny Manziel.

"I'm still predicting a quarterback, as I have been since the day the 2013 season ended. I believe they'll select Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel," McClain wrote. While Clowney seems like the logical selection at first thought, McClain believes "nothing revitalizes an organization like a quarterback drafted in the first round." The Texans have been desperate for quality play at the position for some time, and pairing the right prospect under the tutelage of Bill O'Brien could reap instant results.
Apr 4 - 11:10 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler still believes that UCF QB Blake Bortles will go to the Houston Texans at No.1.

"Barring any trades, I still think Bortles goes No. 1 to Houston and then Manziel is off the board at 3 (Jacksonville) or 4 (Cleveland) for what it's worth," Brugler tweeted. With Manziel gaining some momentum after his pro day, Bortles still remains the favorite for some draft evaluators. Our own Josh Norris believes it's possible that Bortles is the No. 1 pick for the Texans. However, Norris has Teddy Bridgewater as his No. 1 overall rated prospect, followed by Johnny Manziel at No. 29 and Blake Bortles at No. 30 on the Norris' Top 100.
Apr 1 - 6:14 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks published a mock draft on Thursday in which he proposed a scenario in which zero QBs could be taken in the first round.

Brooks stressed that this was a thought exercise, as opposed to a prediction. "With the 2014 draft loaded with Pro Bowl-caliber position players and full of question marks at quarterback, I believe we could see more teams pause before selecting a developmental prospect at the top of the draft," Brooks wrote. "Although this would require teams to stick with the premise of taking the best player available, it's an approach that could result in a quarterback failing to come off the board in the first round for the first time since 1996."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 11:36 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes UCF QB Blake Bortles was a big winner from the trade of QB Matt Schaub from Houston to Oakland.

Two things, here. Firstly, Jeremiah now believes that the Raiders will not select a QB in the first round: "All these moves point to a win-now philosophy. If you want to win right now, I don't think any of these quarterbacks (in the draft) can win out of the gate at the fifth overall pick. I think they go for an impact player at a different position." Meanwhile, while Jeremiah said he would personally take Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 pick, he believes Bortles is Houston's target right now. "That's backup money," he said of Ryan Fitzpatrick's new contract. "That's a backup quarterback making backup money. You're still in the market for a starter. I think with that first overall pick, Blake Bortles is very much in play."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 22 - 5:20 PM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain believes the Texans' will take a QB with the No. 1 overall pick because of telling recent transactions.

"By signing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and trading Matt Schaub to Oakland, the Texans have given another indication they plan to use their first-round pick on a quarterback," McClain, a plugged-in beat writer, opened in a column posted Saturday night. His logic is sound enough: Houston is smart enough not to sign Fitzpatrick as its full-time starter next season. If the draft happened today, UCF QB Blake Bortles would be the heavy favorite for the top pick, though Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater and Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel will also be considered. Bortles, it should be noted, knocked off HC Bill O'Brien's Penn State squad last season.
Mar 22 - 1:10 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay believes UCF QB Blake Bortles has made "progress" with the help of quarterback coach Jordan Palmer making him "focus on the basics."

"Impressed with the work of Jordan Palmer has done with Blake Bortles. Not overcomplicating things, but making progress with focus on basics," McShay tweeted. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has compared Bortles to "a poor man’s Andrew Luck in terms of mannerisms, running ability and pocket movement, and believes Bortles could be the Texans' choice with the first pick of the draft.
Mar 21 - 1:38 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay believes UCF QB Blake Bortles "should be more durable" than Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater due to their build.

"When you factor in that he has a thicker build... and the fact that Bortles has checked every box in terms of his intangibles, character, leadership ability and mental makeup (not that Bridgewater hasn’t, just pointing it out as another positive for Bortles), it turns things in favor of him as the top QB," McShay writes. Bortles is 6-foot-5, 232 pounds versus 6-2, 208 pounds for Bridgewater. This might be a bit of a slippery slope, since Bridgewater does not take unnecessary hits. Still, there will be frame questions throughout the draft process regarding Bridgewater and his evaluation.
Source: ESPN
Mar 21 - 9:26 AM


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