Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NFL quarterback: Draft Blake Bortles, not Johnny Manziel if you want to win


There could be as many as four or five teams picking in the top eight in the 2014 NFL draft in May that could be in the market for a new starting quarterback and there is a logjam among the top three prospects with Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles competing to be the first one to hear their name called.

But if one anonymous starting NFL quarterback had his pick, he’s take the former UCF quarterback Bortles over the much-hyped Manziel.

“If you want to win, you don’t draft Manziel,” the quarterback, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told cleveland.com. “You draft Bortles.”

Bortles has the classic pocket-passer size at 6-5 and has been compared to Ben Roethlisberger because of his mobility at 230-pounds while Manziel despite his college success would be the first quarterback below six-feet tall to be taken in the first round in 61 years.

Bortles also doesn’t have any off-the-field concerns compared to the 2012 Heisman winner and looks like he is just scratching the surface on his potential.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, especially when it comes to quarterbacks, but one quarterback who knows what it takes to start in the NFL is of the opinion that Bortles is the best option if you want to win games.

If you want to sell tickets and jerseys, then Manziel could be your guy, especially if you’re the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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