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Despite playing for a lower-profile team, Bortles seems to have cemented his status as a potential top overall pick in the draft, thanks to an eye-opening performance on the national stage in the Fiesta Bowl and strong workouts at the NFL combine and Central Florida's pro day. He led the then-No. 15 Knights to a stunning 52-42 upset of then-No. 6 Baylor on Jan. 1, going 20 of 31 for 301 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for 93 yards and a score on eight carries. That capped UCF's 12-1 season. With NFL height and surprising mobility, he may be the first quarterback drafted even if he doesn't go No. 1 overall. Bortles' athleticism was on display at the combine, where he leaped 32 1/2 inches in the vertical jump - fourth at his position - and was third among QBs in the broad jump at 9 feet, 7 inches. He graded out at a solid 6.4. Bortles passed for 50 touchdowns and 16 interceptions the past two seasons while posting a 163.4 rating in 2013. He throws well on the run and can deliver passes under pressure - both critical skills in the NFL - and possesses good touch on the ball while being able to fit throws into tight spaces with his strong arm. Bortles has excellent pocket presence and leadership skills, as he was the dominant player in the Fiesta Bowl matchup against a Bears team that led the FBS with 52.4 points per game. He also engineered a 38-35 upset of then-No. 8 Louisville on Oct. 18, leading the Knights back from a 28-7 second-half deficit to deal the Cardinals their only loss of the season. Bortles is somewhat raw as he started only two years in college. Despite his strong arm, he doesn't always excel at throwing the deep ball. He worked out of the shotgun often at UCF and will need to adapt to being under center more consistently. Though he totaled only 19 interceptions in three years with the Knights, he fumbled nine times as a junior and will need to improve his ball security. He seems unlikely to last past the first few picks.