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Bortles could be climbing up the board

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The quarterback with a name that sounds like a character in a Harry Potter book continues to position himself for success when it’s time to fire up the NFL’s version of the Sorting Hat.

(Is it all that dorky to know about the Sorting Hat?  I mean, cool people know about the Sorting Hat, too, right?)

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles threw for 301 yards, rushed for 93, and accounted for four touchdowns in a 52-42 win over Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.  Throughout the game, Twitter was atwitter with members of the media pointing out that new Texans coach Bill O’Brien has said good things about Bortles, especially after Bortles brought UCF to Penn State and beat O’Brien’s team during the 2013 college football season.  Others pointed out that one of O’Brien’s mentors is UCF coach George O’Leary — which is far more reliable when coming from Twitter than when coming from O’Leary’s résumé.

Bortles has yet to declare for the 2014 draft.  While it’s unlikely that he’ll be regarded as good enough to acquire with the first overall pick, the Texans could choose to trade down with a team like the Falcons at No. 6, which may decide to make a play for defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Of course, Bortles then would have to slide past the Jaguars at No. 3, the Browns at No. 4, and the Raiders at No. 5 before O’Brien could put Bortles’ name on a draft card.  Big performances on the biggest stages in college football tend to boost a quarterback’s draft stock, giving scouts comfort that a guy won’t gack under pressure.

If the Texans decide the want to be in the Blake Bortles business, the challenge will be to not gack when it comes to fashioning a draft strategy.

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21 Responses to “Bortles could be climbing up the board”
  1. kingpel says: Jan 2, 2014 6:41 AM

    Very impressed that UCF was able to beat Baylor. Did not see that coming.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 2, 2014 7:11 AM

    I don’t know a thing about Blake Bortles… but… his name is made for the CFL.

  3. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 2, 2014 7:19 AM

    This is someone the Browns would end up drafting.

  4. ctiggs says: Jan 2, 2014 8:14 AM

    The kid is Cam 2.0 he looked great out there.

  5. war27 says: Jan 2, 2014 8:59 AM

    If he is still there he’ll wear silver and black.

  6. johnqlunchbox says: Jan 2, 2014 10:35 AM

    Welcome to Cleveland, Blake.

  7. dualprime says: Jan 2, 2014 10:52 AM

    After the Texans take Clowney with the first pick, they’ll take Bortles in the second round.

  8. escrimz says: Jan 2, 2014 11:11 AM

    Reminds me of Ryan Tannehill so I’m not sure if that’s a great thing yet.

  9. ramrene says: Jan 2, 2014 11:32 AM

    If he ends up in either Oakland or Cleveland the poor kid’s career will be over before it even got a chance to get started.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 2, 2014 11:32 AM

    Dalton better hope he doesn’t slip to the Bengal’s pick at #21.

  11. txraiderfan says: Jan 2, 2014 1:10 PM

    NO!!!!!

  12. txraiderfan says: Jan 2, 2014 1:11 PM

    I wouldn’t touch him until the top of the third round. He really should return for his SR year.

  13. txraiderfan says: Jan 2, 2014 1:12 PM

    eh.. maybe bottom of the 2nd

  14. coltzfan166 says: Jan 2, 2014 1:30 PM

    He’s going to Tampa at #7

  15. 619sdfan4life says: Jan 2, 2014 1:31 PM

    If the texans remain at #1 they will not go with clowney…they need a QB, and I agree with Ramrene.. If Oakland or Cleveland pick up any QB they are already done with their NFl career.

  16. brenenostler says: Jan 2, 2014 2:05 PM

    Tampa Bay would make sense. They don’t pick until 7, he’s loved by the state of Florida, and Glennon isn’t the long-term answer for the Bucs but makes a solid back up. The Bucs are a QB away from being a playoff team.

  17. radrntn says: Jan 2, 2014 3:59 PM

    well at 6’5 , 235lbs…he looked like an nfl quarterback….with that said johnny football finds a way to win, but might be to small…Bridgewater is legit….

    Seems like 3 qb’s are going in top 5 picks. which still leaves Clowney, Matthews, and Barr who are probably best three players in the draft. no matter what raiders will get somebody who is better than what they got right now…

    if Matthews is still on the board at 5 , would be hard to pass on. Resign Velhdeer, get Matthews, and you have bookends for the next 5 years. Move Wiz to LG, sign UFA Alex Mack, and leave rg open to battle for. (Richie Incognito)

  18. war27 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:42 AM

    If the Raiders take a future starting QB in this draft in the first two rounds this is the only guy I’d even want.

    He has the size needed to play the spot. The rest are alittle iffy and if Bridgewaters hands are as small as they say someone is going to get Cullpepper.2

  19. r8dernation says: Jan 3, 2014 1:49 PM

    He looked decent, but he’s not Johnny Football!

  20. dasmol says: Jan 3, 2014 1:56 PM

    Does it really matter who the raiduhs pick?

  21. Simon says: Jan 4, 2014 3:03 AM

    Has anyone seen pics of his GF? F.I.N.E. Google her and thank me later.

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