College coach not ready to declare Blake Bortles a franchise QB


Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles name comes up in discussions of the top passers in this year’s draft, but his college coach isn’t ready to declare him a franchise quarterback just yet.

George O’Leary told Sports Radio 610 in Houston that description should be more rare.

I think a franchise quarterback comes out once every 10 years, and he came out last year in [Andrew] Luck,” O’Leary said, despite being off just one year. “The ones I see succeed are understudies.”

O’Leary thinks Bortles has the chance to succeed, and has “all the tools to get it done,” but might need more time.

“Blake has all the things you’re looking for in a quarterback as far as size and mental capacity to handle a lot of things,” O’Leary said. “But that first year is tough because those guys are moving a lot faster than the college guys.

“Blake is going to be fine-tuned to what he needs to get done in the pro ranks.”

While O’Leary didn’t necessarily go in for the Pete Carroll-Mark Sanchez level of bar-lowering, it’s reasonable to have reservations.

But O’Leary is also a mentor of new Houston coach Bill O’Brien, so you can be sure he’s giving his old pupil a more detailed report, before it’s time for the first pick in the draft.

And with the pressure on the first pick to perform for the Texans, there might not be time for the development that Bortles needs.

41 responses to “College coach not ready to declare Blake Bortles a franchise QB

  1. I think the truth from these players former Coaches is very helpful and every year your going to have some guy that is blown up by everyone but hasnt really done anything in college. Franchise QB’s are a rare find and its shown that you dont have to get it with a 1st round pick all the time.

  2. Im in the minority and like Carr. I think Manziel will be semi successful and def. entertaining for a small period of time.

  3. Blake should be a highly sought after 2nd 3rd round pick. I cant believe he is gonna be a 1st rounder. I hope for him he gets the aaron Rodgers treatment and sits and learns for his own sake.

  4. Did anybody think that any of these guys are guaranteed franchise QBs? There is no Andrew Luck, these aren’t guaranteed. There is talent, but to say Bridgewater, Bortles, or Manziel are going to change a franchise is just stupid.

  5. The problem is that teams who are at the top of the draft have an immediate need for a QB and the pressure is on to start the rookie ready or not. That can often destroy a young QB’s confidence and development (See David Carr and Alex Smith).

    That said, none of this year’s QB class will be a franchise QB.

  6. A lot of pretty good young QB’s are ruined by rushing them. Bad habits are developed and are harder to break. Guys like Luck and to a lesser extent Wilson are rare commodities.

  7. I only watched three of his games, but I just don’t get the hype. I didn’t see a future starting NFL QB.

  8. Well some team is going to draft him as their “Franchise” QB even though statistics show he’ll be lucky to be an average NFL QB. I know, I know, thumbs down Mrs. Bortles and CFU fans.

  9. I agree with the college coach. Who was this before two and a half months ago? All of a sudden he’s a top 5 pick? Naww..not buying it.

    And from what I’ve seen, none of these guys are sure fire franchise QB’s to me. And…I don’t see how these guys are rated so high yet the say Taj Boyd is a second round pick??

    I think Boyd is just as good as any of these gambles and I could get him in the second round.

  10. so many Mel Kiper Jr wannabes on insiders tell me he’ll be a very good QB for years to come and they also tell me Manziel can skip his playing career because he belongs in the HOF right now

  11. Meanwhile, all the playoff teams are praying their division rivals spend their first round picks on quarterbacks, letting all those studly lineman fall down the board…

  12. O’Leary is right in his thinking about Bortles, that he is likely not a franchise guy. When I see him, I see more Blaine Gabbert than Luck.

    He is also right that the franchise QB came out last year and that franchise QB won a Super Bowl this year.

  13. Perhaps not a “Franchise” QB, but Houston needs a qb…what are they supposed to do, wait until next year, or the year after for Jameson or Hackenberg, or other? Personally, I believe the Texans want to trade (w/Falcons) down and select Bortles at 6 (before Minn.). Still probably a bit too high for him, but better “value” at 6 and gets him before MN. Raiders “X” factor here…

  14. He was backing up Jeff Godfrey at UCF his first two seasons there. A 5-11, 180 pound guy who ended up being moved to WR. Godfrey was also younger than Bortles.

    Lucicrous how overhyped Bortles is.

  15. Russell Wilson is off to a great start to his career, but let’s not pretend that he didn’t land in a perfect situation. He went to a team that was already stacked on defense with an elite RB. That’s ideal for a young QB. Takes a ton of pressure off of them.

  16. As bad as I want Johnny Manziel, I think the Texans will end up selecting J. Clowney or T. Bridgewater.

    Either one of those 3 will not be a bad choice IMO.

    The Houston Texans are now on the clock!

  17. I know it was a long time ago, but I wish the Bears listened to Joe Paterno when he said Curtis Enis was a fraud. Sometimes coaches are honest about their players… and when they are you have got to listen.

  18. To be honest…. I think the Texans should take Clowney…. He’s a generational type of talent. You can’t pass that up for this crop of QBs.

    Take a Mettenberger in the 2nd or Murray in the 3rd…


  19. I’d take Clowney at #1..if I had a decent QB, and I weren’t afraid of the fact he’s lazy, had a non-presence in his entire last season, and has attitude issues. He’s more Albert Haynesworth or Sam Montgomery (who the Texans just ditched) than JJ Watt.

  20. All he had to say was “Blake has all the things you’re looking for in a quarterback as far as size and mental capacity to handle a lot of things.”

    Probably did cost him a few mil by elaborating

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