University of Central Florida came out of nowhere this year. From being a relative nobody in the category of college quarterbacks, the Knights play caller finds himself at the top of the 2014 draft.
Bortles completed 68 percent of his passes as a junior for 3,581 yards, 25 touchdowns and only nine interceptions, which has left scouts, coaches and writers tongues a wagging when combined with his 'NFL ready' physique, standing at 6"4 and weighing 230 pounds.
Despite all this praise and adulation one man doesn't rate him so highly, his own head coach at UCF George O'Leary.
O’Leary has said that he doesn’t see his former man Bortles becoming a franchise quarterback at any point in his future NFL career.
“I think a franchise quarterback comes out once every 10 years, and he came out last year in (Andrew) Luck,” O’Leary said on radio show MaD Radio. “The ones I see succeed are understudies.”
O'Leary says his young man has potential but also suggested that he could struggle in his rookie season.
"Blake has all the things you're looking for in a quarterback as far as size and mental capacity to handle a lot of things," O'Leary went on to say. "But that first year is tough because those guys are moving a lot faster than the college guys."
Hardly a massive seal of approval from a man you'd expect to be backing Bortles to the hilt, but maybe George is just a realist and takes the tag of franchise/elite more serious than other commentators on the matter.