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2014 NFL Draft: Blake Bortles to forego senior season, according to report

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Bortles is projected to be a first round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft and could be a darkhorse for the first overall selection.

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Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles is expected to forego his senior season and announce his intentions to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to a report from Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel.

Bortles, 22, is a redshirt junior with the Knights and recently led the team to a 52-42 victory over the Baylor Bears in the Fiesta Bowl. In his final season at UCF, the 6'3, 230-pound passer completed 67.8 percent of his passes, racking up 3,581 yards passing with 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

In the most recent mock draft from SB Nation's NFL Draft expert, Dan Kadar, Bortles is slated to go to the Oakland Raiders with the fifth overall selection, as the third quarterback off the board. However, CBS Sports draft expert, Dane Brugler, believes that Bortles could be the player selected by the Houston Texans with the first overall selection.

Bortles will likely compete with Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Fresno State's Derek Carr to be the quarterbacks selected in the first round in May. UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley has reportedly elected to return to the collegiate level for another season.