Arizona Cardinals Draft Profile: Blake Bortles


Oct 26, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; UCF Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) warms up before facing the Connecticut Huskies at Bright House Networks Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Depending on who you ask, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles may be the best quarterback in this years draft. He has the stature of your typical NFL signal caller standing at 6’4 and 230 pounds and a rocket right arm to go along with the ability to read defenses making him NFL ready.

Bortles has great pocket presence as he stands tall and faces pressure really good, he has a quick release and can zip the ball into tight windows against the blitz. He can also throw the ball on the run about as good as any prospect in the draft, and has good field vision all the thing a NFL signal caller would need.

He’s big and strong and does not take to many unnecessary sacks as he is able to shrug off defenders with his big frame, therefore he can extend plays and stays relatively calm under duress situations.

While at Central Florida he has mounted several comeback victories including against Penn State and Louisville on the road, he also lead his team to a BCS bowl.

Every prospect comes with weaknesses as well but the good out ways the bad in Bortles’s case, as his weaknesses are more technical than anything. Its been said he doesn’t spin a spiral ball the majority of his throws and that can be worked on, as long as he is accurate that really doesn’t matter.

Although he does tend to throw off his back foot a lot which may cause for a badly thrown ball.

Bortles has operated  heavily out of the shot gun rather than under center, but one year of sitting under  Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer can iron out that negativity.

Bortles has a greater upside that appears dynamic and a perfect fit for the Arizona Cardinals.

Fans Its not likely that he will be there at number 20 but anything can happen and should he be there, its a no brainer the team would have to take this kid.