Blake Bortles (QB), UCF
6'5" | 232 lbs.
259-382 (68%), 3,581 yards, 25 TD, 9 INT
What the scouts are saying:
"Possesses prototype size and outstanding stature in the pocket to brush off the rush and keep plays alive. Stands tall and delivers the ball in the face of heavy pressure. Keeps his eyes downfield while climbing the pocket, can avoid the first wave and make plays with his feet (deceptively quick and plays faster than timed speed)." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"Strong pocket mover results in handling pressure others might fold under. Not afraid to work through multiple reads and multiple levels of the field. Spent a lot of time in shotgun, but throws from multiple arm angles. Does not hesitate when throwing to covered receivers to let them win at the catch point." (Josh Norris, Rotoworld)
"Bortles has the best skill set of the quarterbacks, but isn't as NFL-ready as Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel. Bortles' stock has consistently risen in the lead up to the 2014 NFL Draft, so don't be surprised if he is still the consensus No. 1 quarterback come draft day.” (WalterFootball.com)
"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." (CBSSports.com)
Fit for the Bears:
There are 50 million reasons why the Bears won’t take Bortles in next week’s draft. That number is the amount of guaranteed money Phil Emery and the Bears dished out to franchise quarterback Jay Cutler at the start of the offseason. With Bortles likely slotted at going in the first round, the Bears would be silly to take the signal caller from Central Florida. If they did pick him, that would show a lack of confidence in Cutler and would create chaos within the organization. The only way Bortles could affect the Bears in this year’s draft is if he continued to slide past the first ten picks and suddenly became a player teams wanted to trade up for. The Bears would then have to monitor their phones if they got an enticing enough offer.