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02/27/14 - 2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 2. With Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr choosing not to throw at the combine, Central Florida's Blake Bortles had the stage to show why many have touted him as a possibility to be drafted No. 1 overall by the Houston Texans. He didn't disappoint with the spotlight on him, displaying his smooth set up and release and tossing darts down the field. Bortles' accuracy and footwork on his three-step drops were excellent, showing very good rhythm, timing and precision to rip it with very good target placement. He was a tick late with his seven-step drops and has room to improve his feet and balance in this area, but Bortles was still able to be accurate down the field, especially on deep bucket throws. Bortles wasn't so dynamic as to seal up the No. 1 overall selection -- or frankly, even the No. 1 spot among quarterbacks - but he was good enough to put the pressure on Bridgewater and Manziel to light up their Pro Days, scheduled for March 17 and 27, respectively. - The Sports Xchange
02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 5. *Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida, 6-3, 230, 4.78, 1...Of NFLDraftScout.com's trio of top 2014 quarterbacks, Bortles is the only one with no size concerns. Still, he doesn't have a truly powerful arm, but can make every throw necessary, if you allow for that occasional wobbler. Teammates respond to his natural, crunch-time, tough-guy, take-charge leadership. Smooth athlete who moves well, scans field, identifies secondary targets and maintains excellent geometric technique to maximize accuracy, velocity. Work ethic reflected in film study that often pushed curfew boundaries. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/18/14 - Blake Bortles to throw at Scouting Combine...Blake Bortles took a refreshing approach in announcing he will throw during quarterback drills at the Scouting Combine on Sunday. The No. 5 overall prospect and second-rated quarterback by NFLDraftScout.com, Bortles is embracing the opportunity to throw in front of NFL scouts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Bortles immediately joined the debate as the top quarterback prospect in this year's draft when he announced he would forgo his final year of eligibility at Central Florida. He is currently rated behind only Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, who has yet to announce his plans for the combine workout. Bortles' decision may force Bridgewater's hand, as the former UCF star is already projected to go No. 1 to the Houston Texans by NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler and CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwin. While Bridgewater is considered the far more polished passer and NFL-ready coming out of Louisville's offense, Bortles boasts a tantalizing combination of size, athleticism and general upside.
Johnny Manziel, the No. 3-rated quarterback and No. 7 prospect overall, has decided to skip the throwing drills in Indianapolis while he continues to work on his mechanics with noted QB guru George Whitfield. The decision garnered plenty of criticism, especially in light of Bortles' announcement. Manziel's decision wasn't surprising, with the majority of top quarterback prospects over the past decade choosing to skip throwing at the combine in favor of controling the environment at a personal pro day in March or April, where they can throw to receivers they are familiar with in a passing regimen created by their representatives. In deciding to throw in Indy, Bortles is taking a calculated risk. He clearly wants to prove to NFL scouts he's worthy of the No. 1 overall pick, and that no fear attitude and competitive desire certainly will score check marks with talent evaluators. - The Sports Xchange
02/17/14 - Bortles, a player whose motivation is driven by the many who have doubted and continue to question his ability, has embraced the next few months of intense scrutiny ahead of the NFL Draft. No period likely will be as dissected as his four days in Indianapolis. "I'm not the fastest guy or I won't jump the highest or the furthest or any of that," Bortles said in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. "But I've got that sheet … and my goal is to be above that [average] in every single category." As Bortles draft stock skyrocketed through the latter half of his redshirt junior season at UCF, coaches reflected on how much the 6-foot-5, 235-pound quarterback had matured during his time with the Knights. Bortles worked constantly to improve in every phase of a complex job, reading defenses, exploiting the strengths of his teammates and becoming the type of quarterback who could be trusted to win games, not just manage them. He was given more responsibility leading the offense — against SMU, he called a large percentage of plays in the second half at the line of scrimmage, for example — and was called upon to deliver for the Knights during the most critical of times. But what stuck out was the quarterback's drive away from the field.
No player stayed in the UCF football facility longer than Bortles, according to offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe, except maybe for Bortles' workout partner and best friend, starting center Joey Grant. On more than one occasion, UCF assistant head coach Brent Key had to kick the pair out of the film room so they would not violate team curfew. "I've seen him grow over these three years and develop really into a guy who gets it now, he gets what commitment it takes," Taaffe said. "The success he's had is a direct result of that. He's got the God-given abilities and talents, and he's really committed himself and he's starting to reap some of the rewards of his work." - Paul Tenorio, The Orlando Sentinel
01/06/14 - Bortles, Johnson to Enter NFL Draft...Offensive duo produced eye-popping numbers for the Knights in 2013...UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles and junior running back Storm Johnson announced Monday they have declared for the 2014 NFL Draft. They will leave the Knights after helping guide the program to a 12-1 record this season, the American Athletic Conference title and a victory over No. 6 Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
A native of Oviedo, Bortles has been the Black and Gold's starting quarterback for the last two campaigns after redshirting in 2010 and playing in 10 games off the bench in 2011. Since going 8-for-10 for 144 yards in his collegiate debut against Charleston Southern, Bortles has thrown for 7,598 yards and 56 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 561 yards and 15 scores. The American's 2013 Offensive Player of the Year ended his UCF career by completing his final nine passes of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Bortles' record as a starter in a Black and Gold uniform was 22-5. That included two wins over top-10 teams in 2013. Also this season, his leadership on the field enabled the Knights to go 7-1 in games decided by seven points or less, highlighted by a 21-point comeback in a 38-35 win over Louisville. UCF has had at least one Knight selected in the NFL Draft eight straight years. Daunte Culpepper stands as the school's highest pick when he was taken with the 11th overall selection by the Minnesota Vikings in 1999, which also is UCF's only quarterback taken in the draft. Culpepper is the only Knight to hear his name called in the first round as well. - Central Florida football