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Blake Bortles

Report Prepared By John Harris

Blake Bortles Photo: si.com

Breakdown:

#5
Class: Junior
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 227 lbs.
School: Central Florida
Bio:
  • Honorable mention All-American (2013)
  • Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP (2013)
  • AAC Offensive Player of the Year (2013)
  • First-team AAC (2013)
  • Second-team All-C-USA (2012)
  • 2013 stats:  3,581 yards, 25 TDs and nine INT; 272 yards rushing and six TDs

**Scouting report prepared by QB guru/former Wake Forest star QB James MacPherson

Combine Notes

**Bortles, unlike the three other potential first round QB selections, threw at the Combine.  He was effortless with the deep ball and threw high on the intermediate routes.  That was fairly consistent with his game film, but many teams will love the fact that he chose to compete in Indianapolis.

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 4.93 seconds
  • Vertical Jump - 32.5"
  • Broad Jump - 9'8"
  • 3 Cone Drill - 7.08 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.21 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 32 7/8"
  • Hand size - 9 3/8"

Pros

  • Big prototypical sized NFL quarterback.
  • Strong and accurate arm can make all of the throws.
  • Athletic and mobile for his size able to run zone read and elude pass rushers.
  • Stands tall in the pocket against the pass rush.
  • Good pocket presence, moves and slides keeping his eyes down field.
  • Understands defensive coverages and can use eyes to manipulate safeties/defenders.
  • Recognizes blitzes and hits hot throws.
  • Not gun shy, after an interception still keeps firing decisive throws down field.
  • Smart enough to use dummy cadences and change protections at the line of scrimmage.

Cons

  • Bad habit of throwing off-balance resulting in some errant and under thrown passes.
  • Takes risks throwing passes into coverage down field and not locating defenders.
  • At times has a little bit of a wind up and elongated release.
  • False steps dropping back from under center.
  • Did not face top-level competition week in and week out in the American Athletic Conference.

Film Room

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:21 False steps under center and throws with a long wind up motion.
1:22 Good pocket presence and strong deep throw with great ball location.
2:19 Great pass throwing on the run rolling out to his left.
2:45 Under throws deep ball falling back.
3:46 Sees man coverage hangs in until last second and delivers a great throw for a TD.
4:34 Late throw versus Cover 2 for Interception, should have worked middle of the field.
5:16 Steps up in pocket on the move and throws a 40 yard pass on the money.
6:43 Good scramble for a TD in red zone.

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1:14 Shows off his athleticism on the zone read and a fake pitch off the safety.
1:49 Avoids safety and completes pass off the naked bootleg.
2:43 Feels backside pressure and makes Clowney miss.
3:04 Hangs in pocket takes a hit should have been caught.
3:24 3rd down & 7 avoids the rush and keeps his eyes down field, picks up big first down.
4:49 Interception on the bang post, great play by Cornerback, but Bortles needs to locate him before throws it.
6:03 Great hustle to make a touchdown saving tackle.
6:59 Fumbles because he did not secure the football when running ball.
7:44 Nice throw on a dig route strike for a Touchdown.
9:10 Throws an interception did not see Middle Linebacker.
10:00 Still competing and trying to bring his team back, hits the post route.

Report

Bortles made impressive throws all nighton the road at Penn State, including some plays with his legs, to lead UCF to a victory.  He made a couple of mistakes, one in particular when he threw a late pass into cover 2 that was intercepted.  Other than that, he made good decisions, continued to execute and made throws that solidified his status as one of the top quarterback prospects coming out this year.

In the South Carolina game, Bortles continued to make impressive plays throwing the football, running the ball and generally showing his athleticism that should elevate his status as a potential top NFL draft pick.  However, he made several costly turnovers which were the difference in the game, fumbling the ball once and throwing a couple interceptions into coverage when he did not locate the defenders. Even with those mistakes, Bortles was not gun-shy and still kept making throws down field.  As such, his competitve drive gave UCF a chance to win at the end of the game against a top SEC opponent. With the number of turnovers attributed to Bortles, there are a few questions about his decision-making and ability to protect the football as a potential top Quarterback prospect.

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