UCF coach does not consider Blake Bortles a franchise QB


George O’Leary may have coached Blake Bortles at UCF but he’s not ready to call him a franchise quarterbac.

“I think a franchise quarterback comes out once every 10 years, and he came out last year in [Andrew] Luck,” George O’Leary told Sports Radio 610 in Houston, via ESPN. “The ones I see succeed are understudies.”

That does not mean that O’Leary thinks Bortles will flop in the NFL.

“Blake has all the things you’re looking for in a quarterback as far as size and mental capacity to handle a lot of things,” O’Leary said. “But that first year is tough because those guys are moving a lot faster than the college guys.

“Blake is going to be fine-tuned to what he needs to get done in the pro ranks.”

Bortles will be one of the top quarterbacks taken in May’s draft. Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel have all been rumored to be the top pick at one point or another.

He finished 2013 passing for 3,581 yards and 25 touchdowns.