Blake Bortles NFL Draft 2014: Grading Jaguars' 1st-Round Pick

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Quarterback Blake Bortles was drafted third overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2014 NFL draft. The former Central Florida signal-caller has been rocketing up draft boards since late last season, and his potential was too much for the Jaguars to overlook. 

Bortles exploded onto the draft scene with his late-season performances last year, leading Central Florida to a 12-1 record and a Fiesta Bowl win over Baylor. He became a dynamic offensive force, capable of moments of magic on the field, and threw a wrench into an already complex quarterback class.

The UCF product has the prototypical size and mobility to make an impact in the NFL, with fantastic accuracy and good footwork in the pocket. He's big enough to weather crushing hits and has a strong arm that's capable of making virtually any throw required of him. 

However, Bortles isn't exactly the second coming of Peyton Manning. While his arm is solid, it's hardly elite, and his mechanics have shown a tendency to break down a bit from time to time, as he drops his arm into lower slots. He can take too many risks, which gets him into trouble. 

Will Bortles become the elite quarterback he has the potential to be? Or will his risk-taking and mechanics turn him into the latest high-profile bust? Watch as our draft experts discuss the signal caller's ceiling, and what skills he brings to the pros.