Blake Bortles Is The One QB Guarantee in the 1st Round

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Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; UCF Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) celebrates after beating Baylor Bears 49-35 in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Bortles had his Pro Day yesterday. Media was limited to their access but thanks to Jaguars.com anyone was able to watch the entire thing, and is available there now if you want to watch it. His Pro Day, some 48 hours after Teddy Bridgewater‘s, was also not the over the top success that many hoped for. Yet there is a guarantee that this writer is willing to make regarding Bortles: He is the only QB not at risk of falling out of the Top 10, but close to a lock of going in the Top 5. That doesn’t mean he will be the first QB taken for sure or even the best when all is said and done, but he will be drafted in the Top 10 in early May. Here is why:

Physical Size

Bortles has prototypical size to play QB in the NFL Draft. At 6’4″ and 229 pounds Borltes looks powerful, well built and able to handle the physical play of the NFL. At his size Bortles crosses one concern off his list that is still a concern with the other 2 of the top 3 QBs: Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. At his size teams will see a player who will be sturdy, resist injury and be a powerful passer with developed upper and lower body creating natural torque on his throws. He passes the eye test over both of the other players.

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