Monday, January 6, 2014
Weekend review on college QB decisions
By Tania Ganguli
The Houston Texans need a quarterback next year, and last week owner Bob McNair said even if they draft one, they'll probably add a veteran to take some pressure off that rookie.
This year's pool of potential rookies got a little bit clearer on Sunday.
Central Florida's Blake Bortles will declare for the NFL draft tomorrow, news that was first reported by Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel. On the other hand, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley decided to stay in school for his junior season, according to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter. Hundley will be part of an already talented 2015 draft class that should include Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and will include Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
More on Bortles from the Orlando Sentinel:
Bortles passed for 3,581 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions, completing 67.8 percent of his passes. He also rushed for another 272 yards and six touchdowns, earning American Athletic Conference offensive player of the year honors.
It was his play in close games that vaulted him into the national spotlight. Bortles navigated UCF through seven wins by seven points or less to capture the conference championship and an automatic Bowl Championship Series bid.
Playing on the biggest stage in school history against Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl, Bortles showed the poise that has made him such a valuable prospect. After throwing two early interceptions, he bounced back to pass for three touchdowns and run for another as UCF stunned the heavily-favored Bears.
Bortles has intrigued NFL scouts with his mix of size, athleticism and toughness.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, he has the frame coveted by NFL scouts. Bortles also has a strong arm and is capable of making all of the throws needed at the NFL level. His elusiveness in the pocket and ability to escape pressure to make plays is also a major plus.