UCF Quarterback Blake Bortles Will Enter NFL Draft

1/6/14 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

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 SportsThe Central Florida Golden Knights didn't have a bad season.

Picked to finish fourth in the American Athletic Conference heading into the season, the Knights started their miraculous run to a conference title by stunning Louisville in mid-October, and then wrapped it all up with the biggest upset victory in BCS history.

If George O'Leary wants that success to continue though, he'll have to find a quarterback to replace Blake Bortles.

According to Paul Tenorio of The Orlando Sentinel, Bortles will officially enter his name into the hat for the 2014 NFL draft in June:

The redshirt junior will forgo his final season of eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft, a source with direct knowledge of the decision told the Orlando Sentinel Sunday. An official announcement is expected on Monday.

And with that, the hoopla surrounding Bortles has already begun.

Fans for pro teams in need of a quarterback have already started offering up support for Bortles. And why not? The guy was one of the most talented quarterbacks in the entire country this season, and many believe that he may have the most upside of any QB in this year's draft.

As for where he goes in the draft, it's always a crap shoot depending on what moves are made on draft day. However, it seems very likely that Bortles will be a first round pick and one of the first quarterbacks taken.

 Bortles is undoubtedly going to surprise some people. He's flown under the radar since his time at UCF, and whichever franchise lands him, should have a bright future ahead at the quarterback position.

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1/6/14   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

UCF junior running back Storm Johnson is also headed to the NFL.