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February 21, 2014

Combine profile: Central Florida QB Blake Bortles

Name: Blake Bortles

Position: Quarterback

Height/weight: 6-5/232

School/Class: Central Florida/Redshirt junior

Projected round: 1st

Career highlights: Bortles essentially came out of nowhere and has had a meteoric rise up the draft boards since midway through the 2013 season. The AAC Offensive Player of the Year, Bortles threw for more than 3,000 yards in consecutive seasons while taking a mid-major football program to a BCS bowl.

Did you know?: He got four scholarship offers out of high school. Two were to play quarterback, and the other two wanted him at tight end.

Quotes: “I feel that I can compete with any guy here and that’s why I’m doing everything. That’s why I’m throwing, that’s why I’m running. Why wait til pro day when you have an opportunity to make your first impression here?

"The skill set I possess is being able to extend plays and being able to handle an offense. …Being trustworthy, making the right decisions on and off the field, not embarrassing the franchise or your last name is huge, especially when you’re playing quarterback in the National Football League. Those traits are all great to have as a quarterback.”

Panthers’ level of interest: None. Bortles should make another franchise happy, and that won’t be the Panthers. They could have an interest in Bortles in another way, though. Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith said if a franchise quarterback is available at No. 7, the Bucs will consider taking one. If that’s the case, there’s an outside shot they take Bortles (if Houston doesn't scoop him up at No. 1) and Carolina sees him twice a year.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on February 21, 2014 at 04:37 PM | Permalink

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