Over the last several weeks, one prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft has been rising up draft boards at an unparalleled pace, and has all but cemented his status as this year’s first selection at this point.
Who is this player you ask? Well, it’s none other than UCF‘s star QB Blake Bortles. Before and even during the college football season, Bortles wasn’t really widely viewed as a top pick, but as time has gone on, and as others have decided to remain in the college ranks, Bortles’ draft stock has been on the rise.
Due to an excellent blend of size, athleticism and potential, Bortles is one of the draft’s more intriguing prospects, but with all that talent comes quite a bit of risk; and that’s what makes him the ultimate boom-or-bust pick.
On one hand, you have the Bortles who possesses that excellent arm and tantalizing potential, but on the other hand, you have the man whose decision-making is often questionable, and whose footwork and lower body technique is an absolute mess. When you throw in the fact that Bortles is likely going to step in unprepared as an immediate starter in the NFL, and all of a sudden, the risk surrounding him becomes all the more evident.
With that said, Bortles has the type of potential that isn’t seen all that often, and the leadership qualities that teams covet in young quarterbacks. Overall, Bortles is what he is: an exceedingly talented player with the potential to become one of the league’s top quarterbacks, but also a player who brings a tremendous amount of risk to the table.