The battle to become the first quarterback taken overall in this May’s 2014 NFL Draft seems to be coming about as down-to-the-wire as you can get, and at the weigh ins on Friday morning, former UCF Knights signal caller Blake Bortles certainly may have opened up a few more eyes as he actually came in larger than his playing days in Orlando. Bortles measured in at 6-5 and 230-pounds, one inch taller than the 6-4 he was listed as in college.
Bortles made waves this past season by leading his team on an improbable run to the BCS, where they earned the school’s first notable bowl win, a Fiesta Bowl triumph over the Big 12 Champion Baylor Bears. As part of the journey to get there, Bortles and his Knights team upended probably his main competitor for that top QB slot, Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville Cardinals.
Should the Texans stay at that top slot and not trade it out, Bortles definitely has all the measurables that new head coach Bill O’Brien looks for in his quarterbacks.