O'Brien, Smith 'impressed' with Bortles
March, 19, 2014
By Tania Ganguli | ESPN.com
Quarterback Blake Bortles' Pro Day went from super-secret and closed to the media to totally open and televised.
If you watched on Wednesday, you saw a decent showing by the former UCF quarterback, one who was trying to make his case to be the Houston Texans' No. 1 overall selection in May. Unlike Teddy Bridgewater, who had his Pro Day on Monday, Bortles threw at the NFL combine last month, so the teams who sent representatives to his workout in Orlando today have already had a taste of what he'd look like in such a setting.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle was there and chatted with Texans coach Bill O'Brien and Texans general manager Rick Smith after the workout.
"I was very impressed," O'Brien said. "He made every throw I wanted to see, and he showed good footwork."
O'Brien and Smith met with Bortles on Tuesday night.
"I like what he did," Smith said. "I was very impressed with him."
Former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski of ESPN graded Bortles' pro day on a scale of 1-10.
"I give him a 10," Jaworski said. "I think he smelled a little blood in the water considering (Louisville quarterback Teddy) Bridgewater had a subpar day.
"He was well prepared and did everything right."
We'll take this opportunity to once again remind everyone that this is only part of the evaluation. And while I do think a bad Pro Day is cause for concern, good ones are much more common and much harder to decipher. This is a completely controlled environment, designed to aid the quarterback's success and show off what he does best.