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Friday, March 21, 2014
RTC: Blake Bortles top QB prospect

By Michael DiRocco

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- ESPN NFL draft insider Todd McShay still believes Teddy Bridgewater is the most NFL-ready of all the quarterbacks in the draft.

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But he believes Blake Bortles is the best prospect Insider.

McShay was at Central Florida's pro day on Wednesday and said Bortles seems to have fixed some minor mechanical issues that were evident on tape. McShay said those changes should allow Bortles to be more consistent with his delivery and get the proper weight transfer so he can be more accurate and throw harder.

Here is a snippet from McShay's evaluation:
"I’ve said all along that Bortles has the higher upside of the two, and in making the strides he showed today he is already getting a lot closer to realizing that potential than I would have expected by this point. When you factor in that he has a thicker build and should be more durable than Bridgewater (6-foot-5, 232 pounds versus 6-2, 208) and the fact that Bortles has checked every box in terms of his intangibles, character, leadership ability and mental makeup (not that Bridgewater hasn’t, just pointing it out as another positive for Bortles), it turns things in favor of him as the top QB. He doesn’t have Matthew Stafford’s arm strength, but he does grade out as a top-10 talent in this draft class."


Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran writes that the Jaguars are starting to shift into draft mode.

The Jaguars were among the teams that were at Notre Dame on Thursday to check out defensive tackle Louis Nix III.

Fresno State's Derek Carr fought through an illness to have a solid pro day workout.

Mel Kiper Jr. updated his Big Board Insider.

The Houston Texans have signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, formerly of the Tennessee Titans, to a two-year contract. The Texans could release quarterback Matt Schaub on Friday, according to NFL.com's Michael Silver.

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco gives the Jaguars a B for their moves in free agency.