Blake Bortles – QB Central Florida, 6′ 5″, 235 LBS, 32′ 7/8″ Arm Length
Drafted Round 1, Pick 3, Jacksonville Jaguars
Combine Results: 4.93 Forty | 32.5″ Vertical Jump | 115.o” Broad Jump
- 2013 American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 259 completions of 382 attempts for 3,581 yards, 25 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
- 2012/2013 Bortles is one of only two UCF quarterbacks to pass for more than 3,000 yards in multiple seasons (Daunte Culpepper)
- Bortles went 22-5 in 27 career starts with Head Coach George O’Leary’s pro-style offense.
NFL Impact: He has all the measurements, ratings, abilities and grades out as my top rated QB entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Bortles has played his past 3 seasons, 2 starting in a pro-style offense and has been very successful throwing 50 touchdowns over the last 2 years. Blake is a big quarterback, 6-foot-5 and between 235 and 240lbs depending on the day of the week you ask him. He’s a strong powerful runner that knows when to take on smaller sized defensive backs and when to get down or out of bounds when facing improbable yardage. Bortles had 195 total rushing attempts for 561 yards and 15 touchdowns over his 3 seasons span as well as being able to zip the pigskin up to 57 mph.Not quite yet a franchise Quarterback, but he has all the physical ingredients to be an outstanding quarterback at the NFL level. He did fumble 9 times as a junior and that’s still with him working primarily out of shotgun formation. He’s going to have to adapt to taking snaps under center much more often as well as the deep drop which he has shown to throw off his back foot at times he feels hes being pressured but overall Bortles has a ton of upside and potential.
Fantasy Impact: Projected to be a NFL starter, Bortles has the potential to bring you a solid rookie season. He is a mobile QB that will use his legs as an escape route helping him lose yards. With a productive running game, it’ll help take pressure off him on the early downs which could allow him to catch defenses off guard with practice on taking snaps from under center. We could look to see Bortles put up decent fantasy production, nothing more then a late No.2/Bye-week replacement fantasy quarterback in deep leagues.