Former Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles had been viewed as a candidate to be the No. 1 pick as recently as a week ago when the NFL combine wrapped up, but opinions are mixed on the 6-5, 230-pound signal-caller and according to ESPN college football analyst and former NFL quarterback Brock Huard, Bortles isn’t even a first rounder.
.@BrockESPN on QBs: “I think most guys will be over drafted. I would take Bridgewater 1st out of QBs. Bortles is a 2nd round pick.”
— ESPN 99.1 (@ESPN991SF) March 4, 2014
Bortles emerged out of obscurity this season as he helped guide the Knights to a win in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and a 12-1 record. Their lone loss was a 28-25 defeat at the hands of the South Carolina Gamecocks who finished ranked inside the top five. However, Huard’s assessment of Bortles would suggest that Bortles made a mistake leaving UCF a year early.
Huard is not alone in raining on the parade of Bortles as NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks dropped him all the way to the 20th pick in the draft in his latest mock draft.