Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Central Florida defeated Baylor 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Bortles’ Pro Day Went Better Than Teddy Bridgewater’s


QB prospect Blake Bortles worked out for NFL coaches, scouts and front office executives Wednesday afternoon, and the up-to-the-minute returns from experts are now pouring in.

The early verdict? Bortles did better than Teddy Bridgewater.

But it was far from a perfect performance.

Per Tom Pelissero, Bortles hit on 41 of 50 throws during the session, most of his misses coming on deeper routes.

Various reporters, including John McClain, noted that Bortles was high on some of his deeper throws and needed some help from his receivers.

Despite the scattered issues, it was by all accounts a solid performance from Bortles. There seems to be a lot less negativity over Bortles than there was over Teddy Bridgewater, who struggled in the eyes of some scouts (but was “pretty good” according to Norv Turner).

Mike Mayock summed up Bortles’ performance by saying that, though he sees Bortles as a potential franchise QB, he believes Bortles will need a year to refine his skills in the NFL, and might be ideally suited to a team that has a veteran QB to learn from.

Oh, the Vikings have one of those, don’t they?

For what it’s worth, the Vikings reportedly met “extensively” with Bortles. Rick Spielman, Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner were all on-hand to watch him throw, just as they were on-hand to watch Bridgewater.

And AJ McCarron.

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  • guest

    Ugh! This years QB class is looker weaker by the day. Glad we got some insurance in Matt Cassell. I say wait to draft a QB in the 2nd or 3rd rounds, and take the sure thing in either Mack or Gilbert if we can’t trade down.

  • David Mallow

    all these QBs that they talk about day in and day out, Manziel,Bridgewater,Bortles and Carr are all OVERRATED…I actually think some of the other guys will have better careers.. Gorrapolo, Fales, Murray,etc. I personally think they could even look at Logan Thomas in the late rounds,hes got the size and big arm… just another guy worth a look

    • guest

      Yeah, this reminds me a lot of the weak 2011 draft of QB’s. With the exception of Cam Newton, guys like Ponder, Locker, And Gabbert were all bad 1st round picks. It was in the 2nd round where you able to pick up QB gems like Dalton & Kaepernick. Hopefully the Vikings will not make that mistake again of overreaching for a QB.