Blake Bortles to the Houston Texans?
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
Draft expert Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com of CBS Sports released Monday in his mock draft that he predicts the Houston Texans will select Blake Bortles with the No. 1 pick.
Brugler wrote the following in his mock draft on CBS Sports:
"“If the Texans keep this pick, it would be a surprise if they went in any other direction but quarterback and while Teddy Bridgewater seems to be the favorite, don’t count out Bortles here.”"
So basically he gives no real reason as to why the Texans would select Bortles with the No. 1 pick other than it would be a “surprise.”
The No. 1 selection needs to be more than a “surprise.”
Now, if the Texans were to draft Bortles, the Central Florida junior QB, they would get the following, according to his draft analysis:
"“Prototypical size and is big-bodied rusher with better athleticism than given credit for. Good arm strength with a smooth release with enough zip to fit the ball into small windows. Poised to deliver accurately under pressure and shows terrific peripheral vision and overall feel to see the entire field and not just lock onto his top progression.”"
Bortles seems to be the type of QB that new head coach Bill O’Brien likes, but so is Bridgewater.
What I like about Bridgewater over Bortles is his ability to take over a game better, and the Texans could use a game changer next season, as they lacked that at quarterback this past season. Bortles can possibly take over a game as well, but not to the ability of Bridgewater.
Again, it is still very early in the draft process, and it would be a surprise if Bortles went to the Texans over Bridgewater, but as of Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 I’m not buying it. In four months, I might invest in the projection.