UCF star QB Blake Bortles could be the No. 1 pick

Blake Bortles has plenty to smile about. He could be the top pick in the NFL Draft
Blake Bortles has plenty to smile about. He could be the top pick in the NFL Draft

ESPN draft expert Todd McShay has a new man on top of his NFL Draft list and that is Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles going No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans. The UCF product has a huge up side with his size, his speed and of course his strong arm has put him atop the draft list.

The Houston Texans could still do just about anything with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Many people continue feel that Houston would be better served by adding a defensive impact player and that would be South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney — to be considered, along with a crop of quarterbacks that is short on the franchise-altering talent of, say, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.

For a 2-14 team, the Texans enter the offseason with questions, but few gaping holes. Some of the blame for last season’s struggles can be pinned on poor quarterback play from Matt Schaub and Case Keenum, but underachievement was an across-the-board theme.

University of Louisville star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has emerged as the most polished, heady quarterback in the 2014 class.

New Texans head coach Bill  O’Brien’s mentor, George O’Leary, tutored Bortles at UCF, and together they soundly beat O’Brien’s Penn State team last season. Bortles’ flaws are largely correctable, which fit right in with O’Brien’s strengths as a coach. Bortles has Pro Bowl potential with that kind of tutelage.