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Report: Blake Bortles turning pro

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The quarterback pool for the 2014 NFL Draft is reportedly getting a little deeper.

Central Florida’s Blake Bortles will declare for the draft, Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel reported Sunday evening.

A redshirt junior, Bortles (6-4, 230) completed 259-of-382 passes for 3,581 yards with 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions for UCF, which upset Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1. In the Knights’ bowl game win, Bortles threw for 301 yards on 20-of-31 completions with three TDs and two picks. He also rushed for 93 yards and a score on eight carries.

The QB class got a big boost last week when Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater turned pro. Now, Bortles is poised to join him.

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34 Responses to “Report: Blake Bortles turning pro”
  1. bucrightoff says: Jan 5, 2014 8:26 PM

    Blaine Gabbert 2.0

  2. rogierog says: Jan 5, 2014 8:32 PM

    His girlfriend is already pro!

  3. meatcarroll says: Jan 5, 2014 8:33 PM

    Blaine Gabbert 2: Electric Boogaloo

  4. elliottcovert says: Jan 5, 2014 8:35 PM

    He doesn’t have the name of a pro quarterback. The most successful quarterbacks tend to have All-American sounding names: Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Joe Montana, Warren Moon… Dare I say Teddy Bridgewater?

    What kind of name is Bortles anyway? French? That right there seals the case against him for me.

  5. weepingjebus says: Jan 5, 2014 8:37 PM

    He should change his name to Blake Hellspur if he wants to succeed in the NFL. I’m amazed more agents don’t make players do this.

  6. amazingguy101 says: Jan 5, 2014 8:37 PM

    Someone will take him in 1st round. I could see jaguars licking there chops on him

  7. arwiv says: Jan 5, 2014 8:39 PM

    Good…..hopefully that means a better chance of my Giants drafting a non-QB stud at 12.

  8. blancodiablo says: Jan 5, 2014 8:46 PM

    Here’s hoping the Texans take Clowney and the Jags move up to #2 and grab Bridgewater. If not, trade down and take AJ McCarron in the second round. Jags cant handle another 1st round bust\drama case.

    Besides AJ has a pretty hot girlfriend too. Just ask Brent Musburger.

  9. cleveland1980 says: Jan 5, 2014 8:47 PM

    Due to his high probability as a bust…I bet Mike Lombardi and Joe Banner are in live with him.

  10. pftstory says: Jan 5, 2014 8:53 PM

    Someone will take him in Round 1? Someone will take him in the first 60 minutes.
    At least 3 of the first 4 picks are QB’s. Maybe even the first 3.
    It would have been a surprise if he, that guy from A&M, and Bridgewater didn’t all declare. I’m curious if a 4th QB finds himself in the top 5 making Oakland happy.

    I think the Giants already have enough options at 12 without needing anyone to “fall” to them.

  11. pshark5 says: Jan 5, 2014 8:54 PM

    Poor kid might end up having to play in Minnesota!

  12. radrntn says: Jan 5, 2014 9:03 PM

    well if matthews is still on the board when the raiders pick, they better take the tackle. if clowney and matthews are both gone, then and only then consider a qb.

  13. bjames65 says: Jan 5, 2014 9:05 PM

    The Bengals should trade Dalton and there first round pick from him. They will never win a playoff game with Dalton.

  14. linemanguy74 says: Jan 5, 2014 9:12 PM

    He would welcome Mn. so he could play against Packer D

  15. raiderapologist says: Jan 5, 2014 9:15 PM

    QB prospects are cheap these days. 5M per year is a safer bet than 50M guaranteed, so these guys are going to get drafted early by teams that don’t have a franchise passer. And those teams are the ones that are drafting early.

  16. autoriot says: Jan 5, 2014 9:35 PM

    Who?

  17. ugk612 says: Jan 5, 2014 9:42 PM

    I’be been on to him all college season & while he’s cool and all, good size and athleticism, I just don’t think he’s top of the draft caliber. Mid to late 1st even early 2nd. That doesn’t mean some team won’t take a chance on him early. I’m no draft or quarterback guru either.

  18. coltzfan166 says: Jan 5, 2014 9:46 PM

    Sounds like a guy Jacksonville or Cleveland would draft

  19. therealraider says: Jan 5, 2014 9:49 PM

    elliottcovert says: Jan 5, 2014 8:35 PM

    He doesn’t have the name of a pro quarterback. The most successful quarterbacks tend to have All-American sounding names: Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Joe Montana, Warren Moon… Dare I say Teddy Bridgewater?

    What kind of name is Bortles anyway? French? That right there seals the case against him for me.

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    Your right… Tarkenton, Brees, Baugh, Jurgensen, Staubach, and Favre Are All-American names.. or so they seem now.

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 5, 2014 10:04 PM

    Blaine Gabbert 0.2, maybe. Gabbert is bigger, faster, smarter, and has a better arm. He also proved himself in a legitimate college conference.

  21. barrywhererufrom says: Jan 5, 2014 10:19 PM

    Jets…I would take Papa John over Geno…

  22. tjacks7 says: Jan 5, 2014 10:25 PM

    please no Spielman!!! Bridgewater and Manziel are the only QBs I’d take in the first round.

  23. stairwayto7 says: Jan 5, 2014 10:57 PM

    rogierog is the only smart one here! Lindsey Duke! Check her out!

  24. jkaflagg says: Jan 5, 2014 11:25 PM

    Wonder if Hundley staying at UCLA helped him solidify his decision….he would seem to be #2 behind Bridgewater but probably ahead of Derrick Carr….

  25. ssraebel says: Jan 5, 2014 11:31 PM

    The Bridgewater talk is comical. He is a smaller version of Geno Smith who played avg against poor defenses. Bridgewater might be a good NFL QB but if anyone has bust written all over him it is Bridgewater.

    Bortles beat Bridewater. Might do it draft day too and be drafted higher. We will see.

    Please please please stop posting about how good Gabbert is. He is an all time bust. 47% 1TD and 7 INT’s this year. Thegreatgabbert you are the troll of all trolls. I am a Jags season ticket holder and Gabbert can’t get off this team fast enough. Please leave with him. The Jags will be a good team again one day but it will not be with that monumental bust Gabbert. Bortles had yet to throw one fricking pass in the NFL and some of you call him a bust like Gabbert.

    Bortles looked pretty darn good to me in those wins. What exactly does he do to make him look like a bust? Anyone? Yea I thought so. All you draft geniuses were telling us how good Wilson, Foles, Kaepernick were going to be right?

  26. cursedvikings1998 says: Jan 5, 2014 11:35 PM

    A quarterback with a name like Blake Bortles is an automatic bust.

    See: Ryan Leaf, David Klingler, Danny Wuerffel, Jim Druckenmiller, Mike Phipps, Cade McNown, Art Schlichter for examples of this.

  27. richhomietae says: Jan 5, 2014 11:45 PM

    ugk612 says:
    Jan 5, 2014 9:42 PM

    I’be been on to him all college season & while he’s cool and all, good size and athleticism, I just don’t think he’s top of the draft caliber. Mid to late 1st even early 2nd. That doesn’t mean some team won’t take a chance on him early. I’m no draft or quarterback guru either.

    Well lets leave the analyst to draft/quarterback guru since you’re obviously is not one nor know what you are talking about. Bortles is a projected top 5 pick most likely to get selected with the 3rd overall pick.

  28. richhomietae says: Jan 5, 2014 11:47 PM

    ugk612 says:
    Jan 5, 2014 9:42 PM

    I’be been on to him all college season & while he’s cool and all, good size and athleticism, I just don’t think he’s top of the draft caliber. Mid to late 1st even early 2nd. That doesn’t mean some team won’t take a chance on him early. I’m no draft or quarterback guru either.
    _________________________

    Well lets leave the analyst to draft/quarterback guru since you’re obviously is not one nor know what you are talking about. Bortles is a projected top 5 pick most likely to get selected with the 3rd overall pick.

  29. mysonzdad says: Jan 6, 2014 12:00 AM

    Jim “Chris” Everett had a cool name but…

  30. vstyle23 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:19 AM

    Man y’all are crazy!!! This is a sleeper. He’s more like Luck 2.0. You’ll see. Need to pay more attention to what he brought to the small college football school.

  31. 407magic says: Jan 6, 2014 1:07 AM

    Haha I love it how everybody doubts this kid. Just like the espn coverage team that said UCF had no chance against Baylor. Blake threw all over Baylor and LOUSVILLE. Early in the season UCF ALMOST BEAT SC.

    You might not know him now but you will soon.

  32. ch8878 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:45 AM

    Andrew Luck 2.0

    Same height, pretty much same weight, same arm, the list goes on.

  33. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 6, 2014 4:36 AM

    Big mistake

  34. nativeraider says: Jan 6, 2014 6:57 AM

    All the teams ahead of Oakland could use a QB. Please let Clowney fall to #5.

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