Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; UCF Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) celebrates after beating Baylor Bears 49-35 in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Draft Watch: Blake Bortles Is Going Pro

Blake Bortles is ending whatever suspense there may have been over the question of whether he would turn pro. A source close to the UCF QB has told the Orlando Sentinel that Bortles will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

Bortles was on nobody’s radar screen going into 2013 (except like one super-dedicated draft wonk some place probably) but he blew up with UCF, leading them to a 12-1 record and a Fiesta Bowl win over Baylor. Now he’s expected to be a top 10 pick.

The Vikings could be very interested in Bortles, given their current gaping hole at the quarterback position. The top prospect Teddy Bridgewater is not expected to be available when the Vikings pick #8 overall. The next three guys, Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr, could also all be gone before the Vikings draft.

There is so far no consensus about which of those other three QBs should be considered #2 behind Bridgewater.

Bortles has great size and mobility and a good arm, but needs some polishing in the decision-making and accuracy areas.

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