Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Central Florida defeated Baylor 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Fansided projecting Blake Bortles to be selected by Houston Texans


In his most recent mock draft, Josh Sanchez of Fansided.com, is projecting the Houston Texans to select quarterback Blake Bortles with the No. 1 overall section the 2014 NFL Draft.

The University of Central Florida quarterback (a redshirt junior) stands at 6-4 and weighs 230 pounds.

There isn’t any reasoning listed as to why Bortles will be selected by the Texans with the No. 1 overall selection this May in the draft list. As we near the middle of January, I can see why some of the momentum from Teddy Bridgewater is moving to the camp of Bortles.

Bortles is the prototypical type of quarterback that Texans head coach Bill O’Brien loves to have run his offensive system, but I question if it is the correct selection with the No. 1 pick.

If they want Bortles, I believe the Texans can trade the No. 1 overall selection to a team that might be willing to move up who really want Bridgewater another top player, and still stay in the Top 5 of the draft.

So, if the Texans do decide to move towards Bortles, I believe they can stay in the Top 5 of the draft, make a trade and get even more value out of the No. 1 pick and still get their QB.

I could see the Cleveland Browns being a potential trade partner with the Texans, if they really believe Bortles is their guy. The Browns (or even Texans) could or should be interested in Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel, along with Bortles.

We still have a long way before the draft, but these are just two potential possibilities that could happen with the Texans.

I’m still undecided as who the Texans should select with the No. 1 pick, but each day I still lean towards they need to draft a quarterback, and I’ve been on the Bridgewater bandwagon for awhile now.

But, one thing to ponder … of the four QBs left in the postseason, only one of them was drafted with the No. 1 overall selection or even in the first round (Peyton Manning), so should the Texans just wait until Round 2 to select a QB? It is something to think about.

Gotta love the draft.

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