2015 NFL DRAFT

Blake Bortles, QB

School: UCF  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Oviedo, FL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 232 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
611

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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4.882.701.73- 32 1/29'7"4.217.08
Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Jacksonville Jaguars | #32
    The Seahawks only have six picks and with free agency chipping away at their roster, Pete Carroll and John Schneider will be looking to move out of this pick. The Jaguars, Texans and Raiders could each be willing to move up slightly to nab the talented, but raw Bortles. This pick, like all others in the first round, would come with a fifth-year option on the rookie contract.
  • Arizona Cardinals | #20
    Carson Palmer is the Cardinals starting quarterback in 2014, but beyond that is a question mark and Arizona might be tempted to secure that long-term answer in this draft with Bortles.
  • Arizona Cardinals | #20
    They need a young quarterback to develop and he is a Bruce Arians' style of passer.
  • Arizona Cardinals | #20
    Arizona gets five years on a quarterback if they take him in the first round. Bortles is big, athletic and can escape. He can sit and learn behind Carson Palmer.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Good height and a NFL-build. Very athletic mover and picks up chunks of yards with his legs. Anticipates pressure and uses his mobility to move the pocket. Quick feet with very good pocket footwork and maneuverability.

Climbs well and keeps his eyes downfield. Good set up and delivery with a balanced base and quick eyes to survey his reads and take what is there. Terrific peripheral vision and feel to see the entire field. Above average poise and accuracy under pressure. Efficient decisions and always under control of the situation.

Smooth release with good zip and the arm strength to get away with off-balance throws. Very good rhythm and timing from snap to delivery and won't shy from tight windows with his confident arm. Tough, hard-nosed ballcarrier and delivers well on the run.

Strong competitor and exudes toughness, leadership and confidence. Coachable with a high football IQ - game comes natural to him. Hard worker on and off the field and already prepares like a pro. Very alert and observant. Recorded 71 career touchdowns (56 passing, 15 rushing) and a .815 winning percentage as a starter (22-5 career record).

WEAKNESSES: Can make every throw, but lacks elite arm strength. Ball placement has room for improvement and his touch is undeveloped. Throwing mechanics have room for refinement. Doesn't always step into his throws and will sometimes deliver with his momentum falling away from his target.

Needs to learn how to better use his eyes to hold defenders - will too often lead defensive backs to the intended target. Not afraid to take chances, but too many risky throws.

Room to improve his spatial awareness from inside the pocket. Deep accuracy is a work-in-progress. Ball security when scrambling has room for improvement.

COMPARES TO: Mix of Andrew Luck (Colts) and Jake Locker (Titans) - Bortles has the arm strength and delivery that is reminiscent of Luck and also the mobility and some of the inconsistencies of Locker. Bortles projects to the NFL somewhere in the middle of those two players.

--Dane Brugler (1/8/14)

Player Overview

Bortles set Seminole County records with 5,576 career passing yards and 53 touchdowns at Oviedo high school in Oviedo, Fla. The MVP of the Central Florida All-Star Game, he chose to stay close to home and play for the Knights with some programs considering him a potential tight end recruit.

He quickly proved to be a standout quarterback prospect. After redshirting his first year on campus, Bortles earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team quarterback honors while posting a passer rating of 153.9 while appearing in 10 games in 2011.

As a sophomore, Bortles was a second-team All-C-USA pick, starting all 14 games and finishing with 3,059 yards, 25 touchdowns, just seven interceptions, a 62.9 completion percentage and a 144.48 rating. He also rushed for 285 yards and eight touchdowns.

Bortles popped up on many peoples' radars with an outstanding effort in an upset bid against South Carolina at the end of September that fell short. He later led a major upset of BCS contender Louisville, which proved to be the Cardinals' lone loss of the 2013 season.

Ultimately, the South Carolina loss was the only one suffered by Bortles in 2013, as UCF finished 15th in the BCS standings and earned a trip to the Fiesta Bowl, where it upset heavily-favored Baylor on New Year's Day, 52-42.

Bortles was named a first-team All-American Conference selection and named the league's Offensive Player of the Year.

With his strapping frame and success in a pro-style offense, no quarterback captured the attention of the scouting community over the final month of the college football season like Bortles.

What scouts saw in UCF's marathon victory over Baylor was a young quarterback with intriguing traits but whose technique may require a bit more polish before heading to the NFL.

He was given a second-round grade for the 2014 NFL Draft by the NFL Advisory Committee, according to Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage.

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05/12/2014 - Jacksonville's first-round pick, quarterback Blake Bortles, grew up watching the Jaguars and attending some of their games. Now he's one of them. When Jacksonville made Bortles the No. 3 overall pick in this year's college draft, it cemented the love-fest between the two sides, one that had been growing since Bortles met with team officials at the combine and later in individual sessions, including at the team headquarters. Bortles anticipated that the Jaguars might take him with their first-round selection. "I did. I walked out of there and I remember calling my mom and saying, 'Man that went really well and I really hope I get an opportunity to play in Jacksonville. That would be awesome.' I definitely got great vibes seeing them there."

Bortles apparently gave off some telling vibes of his own. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Bortles showed excitement about being in Jacksonville and talking with team officials several weeks before the draft took place. "He told me, 'If this was like college and I was going through the recruiting process, I would sign today,'" Bortles told Bradley. "He really liked it here. He thought everything how our vision was, how we were going to take him through this proves. He felt like it was an opportunity where he could really get better. It just all fit together." - The Sports Xchange

 

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