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Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; UCF Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) signals to teammates prior to the snap during the second half against the Baylor Bears in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL draft rumors: Titans have 'a pretty good grade' on Blake Bortles

If one of the top quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft begins a draft day slide on Thursday night, the Tennessee Titans instantly become one of the more intriguing options. Tennessee currently has Jake Locker under contract, but the team did not pick up his fifth-year team option which will make him a free agent at the end of the season.

The Titans will give Locker an opportunity to prove he can be their No. 1 guy in 2014, but they could add a rookie quarterback to push Locker if one that they view highly is available when the team is on the clock.

Enter Blake Bortles of UCF.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen during Tuesday’s edition of “On the Clock,” the Titans have a “pretty good grade” on Bortles and he could be an option when they are ready to send in their pick to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Bortles was once viewed as a potential No. 1 overall pick, but his stock has slid in recent weeks as the buzz for Johnny Manziel began to pick up.

It will be interesting to see which way the Titans ultimately go on draft day, but their fans should be prepared for the possibility that they will be adding a young arm talent to their roster.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Blake Bortles Tennessee Titans

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