Sep 6, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) under center against the Florida International Panthers in the first quarter at FIU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Peter King Can’t Find Anyone Who Loves Blake Bortles


Peter King posted a mock draft on MMQB Tuesday morning, and because he’s Peter King, you are required to go and read it.

One thing you will notice? King has Blake Bortles dropping all the way to Cleveland at 26.

Why is this notable? Because Bortles actually seemed not long ago like he was the safest bet of all the QBs to go in the top 8.

Now I don’t know what to think.

King actually said in a recent piece that he believed Bortles would be a great fit in Minnesota but also said he didn’t think the Vikings would actually make the pick.

And he is standing by that position.

“Not buying the Blake Bortles buzz here, as much sense as it makes. The Vikings just have too many quarterbacks rated too closely, and they know they can get one with the 40th pick,” King says in explaining why he, like so many others, is mocking Aaron Donald to the Vikings at 8.

So King believes the Vikings have a bunch of QBs they like but not one they love. So it makes sense they would hold firm and wait until later to get their QB.

Apparently, the Vikings are not alone in their less-than-overwhelming feelings about Bortles as a QB prospect.

King later gives Bortles to the Browns, saying “The crash-and-burn that was Bortles’ night in the draft green room ends as Ray Farmer wins his game of chicken with the rest of the league. Can this happen? I am dubious, but I do think a very good player or two will fall precipitously, and as I made my calls in the past few days, I couldn’t find a Bortles lover. One may be in hiding. We’ll see.”

Either everyone who loves Bortles is successfully hiding their interest in said QB from the intrepid Mr. King, or there isn’t a single team in the NFL that really loves Bortles.

As King himself points out, there could be a team hiding their Bortles love behind a veil of smoke. King seems fairly convinced that if such a team exists, it’s not the Vikings.

But he could be wrong. We could all be wrong. We could be headed toward a very Blake Bortlesy future in Minnesota.

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  • MikeH123

    Teams likely don’t love Bortles because he is not totally NFL ready. I’m sure Spielman thinks he will be protected from criticism by taking a QB later, but it doesn’t matter when Spielman takes the QB if he fails, he is done. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is eyeing Zach Mettenburger at 40. Trouble is most starting QBs are taken in the first 35 picks. Spielman should be worried why Mettenburger is the 6th rated QB in the draft. He is coming off an ACL. Now he will have to take a lot of pounding against Ds putting 8 defenders in the box. This reminds me of a couple of years ago when we needed an outside WR and Spielman thought he could get a steal by drafting the injured Greg Childs.

    • Michael J Froseth

      Greg Childs was and still can be an elite athlete. It’s a shitty situation for him, but that dude has talent.

      • Jeeves

        I hope he can salvage his career. Was a ‘feel good story’ that left many still waiting to feel good about it. Inspiring individual.

    • Bob E.

      Another thing to consider is Spielman trading back into the first round to get a QB who fell to the end of the first. Say Bridgewater or possibly Bortles if he falls. Exciting times in Minnesota.