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Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles runs into the end zone for a fourth quarter touchdown 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

 

1. Houston Texans
Blake Bortles,
Quarterback, Central Florida

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports was impressed with Bortles‘ throwing performance:

[Bortles] didn’t disappoint with the spotlight on him, displaying his smooth set up and release and tossing darts down the field. Bortles‘ accuracy and footwork on his three-step drops were excellent, showing very good rhythm, timing and precision to rip it with very good target placement. He was a tick late with his seven-step drops and has room to improve his feet and balance in this area, but Bortles was still able to be accurate down the field, especially on deep bucket throws.

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  • Bugs Mahoney

    No Dee Ford?

  • Todd

    I have to be honest. I waffled on this decision a bit. Dee Ford is probably my number one guy to go the Eagles because of his speed. He is also a student of the game and with his football intellect he could be a force on the line for the Eagles. However, I saw Ealy available. He is a monster. He is rough around the edges and needs some refinement but I have faith in Kelly and his staff to refine him. 4.92 isn’t blowing my hair back but at 273 pounds he can push his way into the pocket. And he could block a few passes with his 31 inch vertical leap.

    It’s a bit of a gamble but I think if he is available the Eagles will pick him. Howie Roesman has said he will draft talent over need. Ealy fits both bills. BUT, if Ealy isn’t available then hopefully they will snag Dee Ford.