Blake Bortles Not a Franchise QB Prospect According to College Coach

Updated: February 14, 2014

One of the names swirling up in contention for the #1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft is UCF’s Blak Bortles. Bortles holds all of the physical tools teams look for and it’s just down to whether they think he will eventually develop into a better player than Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, or some other quarterback option.

One thing teams may also want to keep in mind is the words of his college coach George O’Leary who went on record saying Bortles is no franchise QB prospect:

“I think a franchise quarterback comes out once every 10 years, and he came out last year in [Andrew] Luck,” O’Leary said, despite being off just one year. “The ones I see succeed are understudies.”

“Blake has all the things you’re looking for in a quarterback as far as size and mental capacity to handle a lot of things,” O’Leary said. “But that first year is tough because those guys are moving a lot faster than the college guys.

“Blake is going to be fine-tuned to what he needs to get done in the pro ranks.”