2014 NFL Mock Draft: Blake Bortles No. 1 to the Texans makes sense - CBSSports.com
Bortles is built well for NFL competition and has the make-up and skill-set that coaches and scouts seek in a “franchise” quarterback. At 6-4 and 230 pounds, he has good arm strength and downfield vision, but also quick feet and terrific mobility to be a threat with his legs. Bortles has above average poise, pocket presence and overall feel for what's going on around him, showing the ability to execute under pressure and improvise when needed. His release and arm strength are similar to Andrew Luck and his size, mobility and clutch attributes are very reminiscent of a young Ben Roethlisberger.
Bortles still has a long way to go before he's in the same league as either quarterback, but it's those natural traits that he consistently shows on film that has scouts making the comparisons.
My guess is he won't be available by our pick, and we'd be lucky to have him if he was. Of the top five QBs coming out, he's got the best size (tall enough to see over the line and hardy enough to shrug off tackles) yet he can still move pretty fast when he needs to. He has completed 65.6565% of his passes for nearly a 9 yard average and thrown 56 TDs to only 19 INTs over his roughly 2.5 years of starting.
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Manziel seems a bit thin, too Mike Vick like for my tastes...sure, plenty of highlights when he plays, but also the injuries and missed games.
Carr played for Fresno, so the lower competition argument stands for him too, and he did not look good in his bowl game vs. tougher competition.
Bridgewater has completed 68.4% of his passes (slightly better) and has more experience. He also has almost the same height, but weighs about 35 lbs less than Bortles. He may need to bulk up a bit to be able to absorb the punishment an NFL season delivers.
And then you're looking at McCarron and/or Mettzenberger. One has been dubbed a game-manager and the other has a blown ACL and would likely miss at least some of the off season Training Camps and possibly even some games. IF we have Cassell and plan to sit him anyway, no big deal, but, still, you'd like to see him in some preseason action...
Or, Tahj Boyd. Built a little thicker with 225 lbs at 6'1". Completed 64.3% of his passes with a 107 to 39 TD/INTs ratio over 3+ years of play. Thrown over 30 TDs for 3 years in a row. Sure, he had Watkins and Hopkins tearing up DBs for him, but you still have to make a throw. Could be a great pick at the 8th pick of the 2nd round...And, leave us that first to get a game changer on Defense!?!
Control the line, control the time, and give your D a chance to shine!!
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