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Washington Redskins Draft Profiles: Blake Bortles, QB

Hogs Haven takes a look at NFL prospects heading into the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Blake Bortles


Height: 6'4", Weight: 230 lbs

Central Florida

Strengths: For Bortles, it all starts with the frame. At 6'4" and 230 lbs, Bortles has prototypical NFL QB size. He was even a potential TE recruit out of HS. In addition to his build, Bortles has operated out of a pro-style offense during his entire collegiate career. He's known for never getting rattled and remaining very poised and efficient, even in a muddled pocket. He shows an incredible amount of confidence and won't shy away from difficult throws into tight windows. Blake's also a good runner as evidenced by his 93 rushing yards in UCF's upset Fiesta Bowl victory over Baylor.

Weaknesses: Bortles' technique holds him back a bit. His mechanics could use a little work as he tends to throw off his back foot while falling away from contact too often. His confidence also gets him into trouble at times as he throws too many risky throws. While remaining poised in a tight pocket, Bortles is still too inconsistent under pressure.

Bottom Line: Three words: toughness, leadership, and confidence. Those are the words most commonly attributed to Blake Bortles the QB. He's well-regarded as a very hard worker and he has an excellent combination of size, arm strength, and mobility. He's a potential #1 overall pick.

Notable: For starters, his girlfriend. Her name is Lindsey Duke. If you haven't already, look her up.

Also, Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP (2014), AAC Champion, Player of the Year, and First-Team (2013), and C-USA Champion (2010).

Player Comparison: I've seen a few. Nick Foles coming out of college for one. He's also said to be sort of a cross between Andrew Luck (arm and delivery) and Jake Locker (mobility and inconsistent). I've seen the Luck comparisons in a couple different places.

Projected Round: 1. On the one hand, some don't think he's worth more than a second, on the other hand, he's very seriously in the conversation for #1 overall.

Team(s) He Fits Best On: Texans, Jaguars, or Vikings

2013 Regular Season Blake Bortles Highlights, AAC Offensive Player of the Year (via brahmanknight)