UCF QB Blake Bortles to enter 2014 NFL Draft

Blake Bortles capped his UCF career with a Fiesta Bowl win against Baylor.  (USATSI)
Blake Bortles capped his UCF career with a Fiesta Bowl win against Baylor. (USATSI)

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Blake Bortles will leave UCF early to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, a source told CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Bortles will reportedly make the news official on Monday, ending his career after a memorable 12-1 redshirt junior season. 

As UCF moved up the polls and BCS standings, Bortles did the same on draft boards. CBSSports.com has the Knights' quarterback listed as the No. 12 overall prospect and third best quarterback in the 2014 draft class -- just behind Teddy Bridgwater and Johnny Manziel -- but both Rob Rang and Dane Brugler have Bortles as a Top 4 pick in their most recent mock drafts.

Bortles earned first team all-conference honors after completing 67.8 percent of his passes for 3,581 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. With Bortles leading the offense, UCF recorded one of its best seasons in program history in the first year of American Athletic Conference play.

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