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Report: UCF QB Blake Bortles to declare for NFL draft

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Fresh off of leading his team to its first-ever BCS bowl win, UCF quarterback Blake Bortles has decided to bypass his final season of eligibility and declare for the NFL draft, according to a report on Sunday from the Orlando Sentinel.

An official announcement is expected on Monday morning.

Bortles, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior, threw for 3,581 yards and 25 touchdowns with nine interceptions while also rushing for 272 yards and six scores. UCF finished 12-1, the best season in school history, and defeated No. 6 Baylor, 52-42 in the Fiesta Bowl.

It took this season for Bortles to gain the attention of most scouts, but he has the size, arm strength and mobility that the current NFL craves. He is projected to be among the top three quarterbacks selected in the draft.

It’s hard to turn down first-round money, so one can’t fault Bortles for making the jump.

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11 Responses to “Report: UCF QB Blake Bortles to declare for NFL draft”
  1. mogogo1 says: Jan 5, 2014 8:03 PM

    He’s an interesting prospect. I watched him against Baylor, whose D isn’t all that great, and he threw a couple picks. And 25 and 9 TDs to INTs is a little troubling given how much better the defenders will be at the NFL level.

  2. palecollegedude says: Jan 5, 2014 8:05 PM

    Definitely UCF’s best QB since Daunte Culpepper.

  3. peddealer says: Jan 5, 2014 8:29 PM

    BUST written all over this guy!!!

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Jan 5, 2014 9:46 PM

    He’s going 1st round, which is bad for him. He’d be better served holding a clipboard and learning for a year or two, but in today’s world you can’t sit a 1st rounder like you used to.

  5. jaydm84 says: Jan 5, 2014 9:53 PM

    Good move. Life has no guarantees, leave while your stock is up and you get that top 10 signing bonus. Don’t want to pull a Matt Barkley.

  6. klingonj says: Jan 5, 2014 11:46 PM

    Bust is written all over his girl!

  7. rcbornhauser says: Jan 6, 2014 3:28 AM

    Good for him. Hopefully his agent puts together a solid draft prep team… wouldn’t rely on any advice on resume building/job interviews from George “I swear I graduated from NYU” O’Leary.

  8. kastout11 says: Jan 6, 2014 8:37 AM

    I would declare too. He is as ready as he is going to be. He will probably be a top 10-15 pick and will get some nice money. QB’s are coveted in the NFL, so he might even go in the top 10.

  9. ozarkannie74 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:51 AM

    He’s pretty awesome!! Same size as Brady and a pocket passer – perfect for the NFL. Can’t wait to see who gets him and to watch him play at the next level. He will do very well in the NFL, already plays like a pro.

  10. vstyle23 says: Jan 6, 2014 10:15 AM

    He’s a sleeper!! Luck 2.0 watch. You have to be honest and say you didn’t really see this kid play. So don’t prejudge. He’s good, trust me.

  11. mcg1848 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:38 PM

    Can’t blame him for coming out early. Everything went right for UCF this year with Bortles under center. He was clutch this year which would be hard to repeat – no doubt his stock would drop next year regardless.

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