On Wednesday night, the UCF Knights bulldozed their way to a 52-42 victory over the Baylor Bears in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl behind the efforts of their junior quarterback, Blake Bortles.
In the win, Bortles tossed for 301 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 93 yards and another score. However, he also threw two interceptions in the victory, which raised the level of questioning about him possibly entering the NFL Draft even higher.
On Wednesday, Bortles got a little bit more insight into his NFL future, as he received his grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, who graded him in the second round:
Blake Bortles’ conflict: media/mock drafts = top 10, NFL advisory panel = 2nd RD. 5th pick = 4yrs/18M, 40th pick = 4yrs/4M. #toughcall
— Phil Savage (@SeniorBowlPhil) January 2, 2014
Also on Tuesday, before the game, it was reported that Bortles will sit down with head coach George O’Leary on Friday to discuss his future.
As far as the NFL goes, Bortles has been one of the tougher cases to figure out. He came into this season as a relative unknown, given the school he plays for, but now finished the season among one of the most famous with his Fiesta Bowl title.
With Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater already declaring his intentions, it’ll be interesting to see what Bortles does now.