Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles sat down with SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein at the NFLPA Rookie Premier even to talk a little bit about being in the NFL and with the Jaguars.
The 6'5", 232-pound Bortles was originally recruited by most colleges as a tight end out of high school, but UCF opted to give the Oviedo quarterback a shot to be their signal caller and it paid off in a big way. Bortles ended his college career passing for 3,581 yards with 25 touchdowns and just nine interceptions his junior year, including a dominating Fiesta Bowl win over Baylor.
Bortles was a "late riser" in the draft process because most expected him to go back to school for his senior season, but he's got all the physical traits team look for in a quarterback and seems poised in the pocket under duress. It's likely he'll need to sit for a little bit and work on his mechanics, but the Jaguars noted they planned to sit any quarterback they drafted anyway.