Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles had the door left wide open for him to make a great impression at his pro day, with Teddy Bridgewater looking less than superhuman at his pro day, and Johnny Manziel gradually slipping down the rankings. And make an impression is exactly what Bortles did.
After putting on a heck of a show at Nicholson Fieldhouse, a number of draft experts suddenly boosted Bortles up on their 2014 NFL Draft big board, none more vocal than ESPN quarterback dissector and draftnik, Ron Jaworski.
“I give him a 10,” Jaworski told the Houston Chronicle. “I think he smelled a little blood in the water considering (Louisville quarterback Teddy) Bridgewater had a subpar day.
“He was well prepared and did everything right.”
This was followed by the text from ESPN reading “Blake Bortles had outstanding pro day, likely to be 1st QB taken in the NFL draft, says ESPN’s Ron Jaworski”
Apparently ESPN’s Todd McShay was equally impressed, with him also moving Bortles up to his top QB prospect.
Now pro days are only a part of the evaluation process, just as the combine and game films, but for some of these guys to jump him up in their rankings that quickly, Bortles must have look awfully good.
Houston, you may not have a problem anymore.