Heading into the 2014 NFL Draft, there’s a lot of hype surrounding UCF Knights QB Blake Bortles, and some have him pegged as a top overall pick during the even this coming May, and maybe rightfully so. He just did what some saw as improbable by leading the Knights to their first ever BCS victory over the Baylor Bears in the Fiesta Bowl.
Now, should an NFL team draft Bortles with a high choice in the first round, then that would mean that he would be looked upon as a potential franchise QB. Generally, that’s how that works.
Either way, though, his own head coach from college, George O’Leary, doesn’t see Bortles as a franchise QB. But, it’s not a knock on his talents really, it’s more that O’Leary takes the definition of franchise quarterback a little more seriously as he’s only seen one come out in the draft recently.
“I think a franchise quarterback comes out once every 10 years, and he came out last year in (Andrew) Luck,” O’Leary said on Houston area radio show MaD Radio. “The ones I see succeed are understudies.”
O’Leary brings up a rather good point here. He’s from the old school where most successful NFL quarterbacks have to be groomed a bit. Someone like an Andrew Luck does only come around every once in a while.