Here is an instance where being drafted No. 1 overall is not the best thing in the world.
Houston was reportedly leaning toward quarterback Blake Bortles, according to Russ Lande on Sports on Earth. He impressed Texans staff at UCF's pro day, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain:
Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles impressed a contingent of NFL people, including Texans coach Bill O’Brien and general manager Rick Smith, at his pro day inside the Nicholson Fieldhouse.
Bortles (6-5, 232 at the combine) made every throw during a workout that lasted about 30 minutes.
“I was very impressed,” O’Brien said. “He made every throw I wanted to see, and he showed good footwork.”
O’Brien and Smith met with Bortles on Tuesday night.
“I like what he did,” Smith said. “I was very impressed with him.”
Drafting him would be a mistake, however.
Bortles was good in college, to be sure, and he possesses an enticing combination of size, athleticism and potential. But was he good enough to take with the top pick in the draft?
If your name isn't Andrew Luck, you have some flaws heading into the NFL. Every quarterback in this class has flaws. Unlike some of his peers, Bortles is more tantalizing for his potential than his polish, however, and that's the kind of thing that can get a team in trouble.
Taking Bortles with the top pick would create instant expectations for a raw player. Indeed, that would be the case for any quarterback taken at the top of the draft, but guys like Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel are more polished products who could better handle that kind of pressure.
Bortles could well turn out to be a great quarterback at the next level. He could also be vaporware, though, and getting taken No. 1 could accelerate his professional demise.