Usually a college football coach oversells his players, but today on a radio station coach George O’Leary went out of his way to say that Blake Bortles is not a “Franchise Quarterback”.
O’Leary’s definition of a franchise quarterback might be a little more lofty than others, but nevertheless, he doesn’t see one in the 2014 draft, and that includes his own player.
“I think a franchise quarterback comes out once every 10 years, and he came out last year in (Andrew) Luck,” O’Leary said on Houston area radio show MaD Radio. “The ones I see succeed are understudies.”
“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. He’s a quick study and a quick learner.”
Unfortunately, I honestly feel that coach O’Leary is dead on.