"It looked like it was supposed to look". That's how NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock described potential number one overall pick Blake Bortles' pro-day at the University of Central Florida on Wednesday. "He's potentially a franchise quarterback," Mayock added, saying that Bortles is somewhat "raw and needs some time to reach his full potential".
Several NFL teams with top 10 picks and the need for a quarterback were present for Bortles' pro-day. New Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith spent some time with Bortles prior to the Pro Day. In addition to the Buccaneers, representatives for Minnesota, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland and Houston (who holds the number one pick) were also present. The Texans new head coach, Bill O'Brien, said, "it was a good workout. He made all the throws, shows good footwork. I was impressed."
Bortles threw for 3,581 yards and 25 touchdowns, while completing 67.8 percent of his passes for the Knights in 2013. Central Florida was 12-1 and won the Fiesta Bowl over Baylor, 52-42.
Bortles has probably vaulted ahead of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the eyes of anyone who was unsure between them before their pro-days. Bridgewater's was less than impressive, Bortles didn't disappoint. If the Texans do opt to select Bortles, A - some people in Texas will be upset that they didn't select Johnny Manziel, and B - He'll inherit the keys to an offense with lots of weapons. Veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson is as good as they come and would be good for any rookie QB's development. He'll have another young wideout to build a potential career-long chemistry with in DeAndre Hopkins and a stud running back in Arian Foster .
Regardless of where he ends up, Bortles is probably going to be thrown into the starting job immediately. He'll go through growing pains, no doubt, but he appears to be well-equipped for the NFL. I like the prospect of him in Houston and could see him being a sleeper top 15 fantasy QB in his rookie season, due to the weapons he'd have at his disposal.