March 20, 2014

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – During UCF’s historic 2013 football season, the Knights received quite a bit of national recognition and the program got more national attention during Wednesday’s pro day. Numerous national media members and television networks, including ESPN and the NFL Network, broadcasted live from inside the Nicholson Fieldhouse.

Scouts and members from 27 of the 32 NFL teams were present at pro day, including head coaches and general managers from teams like the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings. All of those teams have one of the top ten picks in the upcoming NFL Draft and all of them were looking at quarterback Blake Bortles.

Bortles threw a total of 65 passes during his throwing session and scouts and NFL analysts came away very impressed with the Oviedo native.

“The ball exploded out of his hands,” said ESPN NFL Analyst Ron Jaworski. “You could see the arms strength. I love the touch on the deep throws. I love the mobility for a guy who is 6-foot-5 and 232 pounds and he is able to make accurate throws. I was very impressed with Blake Bortles and his pro day.”

“I got calls from scouts early [in the season] saying ‘I just went on ESPN.com and saw you don’t have Blake Bortles on your list, you might want to start looking at his tape,’” said ESPN NFL Draft Expert Todd McShay. “It’s as late as I can remember for a guy that you’re talking about as potentially being the first overall pick or a Top five pick.”

Bortles was one of 12 players that took part in UCF’s pro day. To hear more about Bortles and experience what the day was like for the Knights and the UCF football program, watch the video above.



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