The Kansas City Chiefs had the first overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft, and one of the team’s biggest needs was getting the next franchise quarterback. If the Chiefs held the first overall pick this year, they would have their pick between three different quarterbacks. One of those three quarterbacks is Central Florida’s Blake Bortles.
Bortles is ranked as the second best quarterback in the draft and the fifth best overall player in the draft (Source: CBS Sports). During his time at Central Florida, Bortles was 585 for 891 with 3,581 yards, 56 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He also rushed for 15 touchdowns during his three year career (eight of those coming in the 2012 season).
Blake Bortles Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.93 seconds
Vertical jump – 32.5 inch*
Broad jump – 115.0 inch*
3-cone drill – 7.08 seconds
20-yard shuttle – 4.21 seconds
* = Combine top performer
Here is NFL.com’s “Bottom Line” on Bortles,
“Big, athletic, ascending quarterback with enough arm talent and intangibles to develop into a franchise starter. Is not yet a finished product and scouts’ opinions vary on his ceiling, but elements of Bortles’ skill set compare to some of the best in the game today, and his best football is ahead of him.”
If the Chiefs somehow could land Bortles at pick 23, he would be tough to pass up, given his size alone. At 6’5″, he would be extremely difficult to bring down.
Bortles has been projected to go at several different spots in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bleacher Report posted a mock of several different experts, and three of them have him going number one overall to the Houston Texans. Mel Kiper Jr. has the Browns taking Bortles with the fourth pick. CBS Sports also thinks the Browns would be an ideal team for Bortles.
“There has been plenty of speculation that it is Manziel or Bust for the Browns. Given the gusts and grass of FirstEnergy Field, a more logical pick might be Bortles, whose prototypical size and instincts would seem like the perfect fit. The former UCF star may currently lack Teddy Bridgewater’s polish or Manziel’s improvisational skill but possesses a higher upside than either and is a legitimate No. 1 overall candidate.”