Breaking Down Blake Bortles and His 2014 NFL Draft Prospects

Matt SchneidmanContributor IIIApril 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 21: Former Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles speaks to the media during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 21, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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You know that one player who has top-pick potential, but for some reason it feels like he could drop to the end of the first round on draft day?

Yep, that's Blake Bortles.

The man out of the University of Central Florida could have an Aaron Rodgers-type May 8, as people have projected him at everywhere from No. 1 to not even in the first round. There is no doubt Bortles has the athleticism and skill to be a top-flight pick, but many question if he can be a true franchise quarterback for one of the teams in desperate need of one.

To show you how uncertain the experts are about his landing spot in the draft, take a look at how these mock draft predictions vary:

Mike Huguenin,—No. 1 to the Texans

Dane Brugler,—No. 3 to the Jaguars

Will Brinson,—No. 4 to the Browns

Daniel Jeremiah,—No. 8 to the Vikings

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report—No. 20 to the Cardinals

Bucky Brooks,—Not in first round

Bortles performed quite well at the combine, ranking in the top 10 amongst quarterbacks in every drill he participated in. There is no doubt that he's a superb athlete, but Brooks explains that there are still some major concerns about his game.

See Bleacher Report's R. Cory Smith's breakdown in full detail Bortles' UCF Pro Day, the main reason why more and more analysts are predicting him to go to Houston first overall.

But ESPN's Chris Mortensen can't say for certain that Bortles will even go in the top five:

While Bortles has impressed throughout with his footwork and throwing velocity, there were some doubts about his arm's durability at his pro day as he seemed to wear out down the stretch.

Regardless, if a team takes him atop the draft, they will be getting a great quarterback. Personally, I think the Browns take him at No. 4.

He hasn't proven to be a clear-cut NFL-ready star like a Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack, so he won't go first or third overall, but he's not a half-bad replacement for a Cleveland team which has had so much quarterback instability over the years.

But the uncertainty about Bortles' destination is what will make draft day that much more interesting for us viewers. Will a team like the Texans jump on him early and scoop up their next signal-caller? Or will all six of the aforementioned teams pass him up and go for a more sure-fire pro like Clowney or Mack?

It's only 25 more days until we find out.