“Some people may not like what I have to say, but I’m a straight shooter,” said Bortles. “Ask me a honest question and I’ll give you and honest answer. Yeah, I truly believe that any team who drafts me will soon regret it. They’ll rue the day they ever decided to draft Blake Bortles.”
Bortles said he sees himself as a “good college quarterback” who “feasted on the poor competition in my conference,” thereby inflating his draft stock.
“I’d love to be wrong here, but I just don’t see it,” he said. “To me this seems like the classic case of quarterback-needy teams not being enamored with the known options, so they talk themselves into a ‘darkhorse’ quarterback who may sort of look the part. This year, I’m that guy. I just know it.”
Bortles was relatively unknown entering last season, but got on the NFL radar during the fall and has seen his stock continue to rise since the season ended. Some have projected him now to go No. 1 overall.
“That would be a huge mistake,” said the self-aware quarterback. “Watch the film and be honest about what you see. You’ll agree with me. I’m not that good.”
The former Golden Knight signal caller denies he’s trying to talk himself down to avoid some of the terrible teams picking at the top of the draft.
“Oh, I wish that was the case,” he said. “But I’m truly just massively overrated. If someone took me in the 5th Round and wants to groom me to be a career backup? I could be down with that. Anything else is just a team inviting disaster.”
Even if Bortles is trying to talk himself down the draft board and to a good franchise, it doesn’t seem to be working.
“I like Blake’s self-awareness,” said Browns general manager Ray Farmer. “That’s the kind of thing that shows character and makes a great leader, and sometimes that means more than being an NFL-caliber football player. He’s the kind of guy the Browns would love to have.”
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