According to Paul Tenorioof the Orlando Sentinel, UCF Knights quarterback Blake Bortles will be forgoing his final year of college football in order to make himself available for the 2014 NFL Draft:
Bortles rocketed up NFL draft boards this season with a string of clutch performances that helped UCF turn in remarkable 12-1 campaign and Fiesta Bowl win. The Knights defeated Baylor, 52-42, on Wednesday night at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
The Oviedo native is expected to be a top-10 pick in this May’s NFL Draft, according to several analysts. ESPN’s Todd McShay has Bortles rated as the No. 2 quarterback in this draft class. Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King said some NFL teams have Bortles rated as the top quarterback in the draft class.
As mentioned above, when talking about who the No. 1 QB prospect is this year, Blake Bortles is a name now in the discussion.
He was one of the top QBs in college football this year as he passed for 3,581 yards and 25 touchdowns with nine interceptions while completing 67.8 percent of his passes. He also rushed for another 272 yards and six scores.