Scouting the NFL Draft: QB Blake Bortles

Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles throws the ball during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

No matter what, you know that John Idzik and company are going to do their due diligence on every viable draftee in the class, and this is no different.

Today, we are going to take a look at a guy that worked out on Sunday, and that our good buddy Jake Steinberg had an interesting tweet about yesterday:

 

So, we take a look this afternoon at quarterback Blake Bortles from UCF.

MEASURABLES

He measures in at 6’5″, and weighs 232 pounds. His 40 yard dash time at the NFL combine was 4.91 seconds.

Here are some thoughts on Bortles, via NFL.com.

Here are some highlights on Bortles from the past year, for those of us that haven’t seen him play very much:

PROS: First an aside, I love the fact that he threw the football at the combine this weekend. The NFL does not always allow the situation you are in to be scripted. The idea that a guy will take the football and wing it anytime, anywhere is a trait to be admired.

As a quarterback, he stands nice and tall. He uses every bit of his 6’5 frame to make throws from the pocket. And he can do it, too! He can run, but also make throws from the pocket, which is obviously necessary in the pro game. Bortles also throws a very catchable ball as well. It doesn’t have to be speared, it lands softly in the hands of the intended receiver.

CONS: The biggest con to his game for me is the location. His location is very inconsistent. Some passes were spot on, some were high, some behind..etc. It even showed at the combine, as he couldn’t place the ten yard out correctly on a consistent basis. No one else could either, but it still was worth mentioning.

To me, Blake Bortles is a bit of a project, not sure that he is an opening day starter his rookie season. Feel free to sound off on him in the comments. We will leave you with his stats from UCF:

Passing

Passing
Year School Conf Class Pos G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
2011 Central Florida CUSA JR QB 10 75 110 68.2 958 8.7 8.6 6 3 153.9
*2012 Central Florida CUSA JR QB 14 251 399 62.9 3059 7.7 8.1 25 7 144.5
*2013 Central Florida American JR QB 13 259 382 67.8 3581 9.4 9.6 25 9 163.4
Career Central Florida 585 891 65.7 7598 8.5 8.8 56 19 153.8

Topics: 2014 Nfl Draft, Blake Bortles, New York Jets, Ucf

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