School: Central Florida
Positive: Two-year starter named American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2013. Poised, patient quarterback whose game is on the rise. True leader of the offense and always in control of the situation. Makes adjustments at the line of scrimmage, stays alert throughout the action, and always on the same page as his receivers. Buys as much time as necessary and takes the sack or throws the ball away rather than forcing the pass into covered receivers. Sets up screen passes, sells ball fakes, and takes many of his snaps from underneath center. Effectively reads defenses, stays with the action, and does not make mental mistakes. Relatively mobile and shows the ability to elude defenders or pick up big yardage with his legs. Easily gets outside the pocket, keeps his eyes down the field, and loses nothing throwing on the run. Spreads the ball around and uses all his targets. Goes to the safe underneath outlet if nothing is available downfield. Accurate, displays good pass placement in the short and intermediate field, and puts the ball were only his receiver can make catches. Possesses a strong arm, zips the outs, and drives the ball downfield. Throws with a powerful over-the-top delivery, displays a sense of timing, and does not have receivers waiting on the pass. Stands in the face of pressure to get the ball away, does not make adverse decisions under the rush and gets passes through the tight spots. Natural looking off the safety and goes through receiver progressions.
Negative: Occasionally struggles with his downfield accuracy and has receivers slowing up or adjusting to catch the errant pass.
Analysis: Bortles is a complete quarterback who played in a pro-style offense at Central Florida and for the most part, made good decisions under center. His draft stock has been on a straight path north, as Bortles is a terrific short-term prospect with a large degree of upside potential. He possesses the size, arm strength, and intelligence to play in a variety of NFL systems and should be a very productive at the next level for a long time to come.