The 2014 NFL Draft stock of UCF QB Blake Bortles has been on the rise lately as the date rapidly approaches where we see if he could be picked before his counterparts, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. Since his impressive outing at the NFL Scouting Combine, the comparisons have been rampant, and that also includes the last real “phenom” to come out, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck.
3) Most common comparison I heard for Blake Bortles was Andrew Luck, though Bortles is not quite the athlete, and not nearly as developed.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 3, 2014
As Breer, a noted NFL.com analyst points out, this is not a good comparison. It would see that he basically called it a ridiculous concept altogether, just by putting it into the nicest words he possibly could.
He even went so far as to elaborate just a bit more.
At the ’12 combine, Luck ran the 40 in 4.67 seconds, had a 36-inch vertical jump, had a broad jump of 10 feet, 3 inches and had a 4.28-second clocking in the 20-yard shuttle. Bortles was timed in the 40 in a slower-than-expected 4.97 seconds, with a 32.5-inch vertical jump, a 9-7 broad jump and a 4.21-second clocking in the 20-yard shuttle. While the comparison is apt on a few levels, it would be folly to think the personnel people who are making the comparisons think Bortles will have the same type of immediate impact.
While Bortles is turning some heads, you’d be hard-pressed to find a lot of people who would agree that Luck and Bortles are near the same level.