Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles visited the Oakland Raiders on Monday according to CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair. It was only a few months ago when Bortles was projected as a late-round selection. Since then, his draft stock has skyrocketed. ESPN's Ron Jaworski recently ranked Bortles as the best quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Listed at 6'5" and 232 lbs, Bortles has prototypical size for an NFL quarterback. He is very athletic and shows good mobility. While Bortles can make every throw, he does not have an elite arm. He has a quick release and is fairly accurate. Bortles performed very well under pressure in 2013. But he is far from perfect.
While Bortles has decent accuracy and arm strength, both could be improved. He has a bad habit of staring down receivers and needs to work through all of his options. Bortles also needs to show better awareness in the pocket.
Bortles has the stats to back up his play. In 2012, he thew 399 passes for 3,059 yards and 25 touchdowns. Last year as a junior, Bortles racked up 3,581 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Blake Bortles is an interesting prospect. His talent right now suggests he should be a second round selection. But scouts view prospects on their potential. Bortles has the highest ceiling of any quarterback in the draft. But, if he does not improve, he is a bust waiting to happen.
Suprisingly, this works well for the Raiders because Bortles would not have to play right away. Bortles can learn under Matt Schaub for two years before taking over the starting position. Silver and Black Pride's Levi Damien agreed and selected Bortles with the number five overall pick in SB Nation's Mock Draft