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Blake Bortles former coach wants to see him in Minnesota

Earlier in the draft process, former UCF head coach George O’Leary made a statement in regards to his junior quarterback leaving early saying he was not sure if he was ready to come in and be a franchise quarterback. Well today O’Leary stood by his guns, but also picked a destination that would make the best sense for his former standout prospect. 

“I don’t expect Bortles to step in and “be the guy” right away. O’Leary said that head start would “shorten the learning curve,” but Bortles still has a ways to go as a quarterback. I don’t know if anyone’s NFL ready because of the speed of the game,” O’Leary said. “But I think Blake has worked extremely hard. He has all the things you’re looking for. He has vision. He can read defenses and has a good enough arm to get the ball where it needs to go. But in order to really be a franchise quarterback, O’Leary said “it takes time under the right tutelage.”

O’Leary never said his former quarterback couldn’t develop into a franchise passer, a matter of fact he gave him praise. 

“If you look at the consistency and the size and what you have to look at in that league, I think he fits the character of the ones who have been successful,” O’Leary said. “Can he be the guy? Yes, he can be the guy.”

O’Leary then told the newspaper what them he would love to see grab Blake. 

“I’d love to see [Bortles] go to Minnesota, I think any young quarterback would love to have the running game they have.”

I agree, who wouldn’t want to have Adrian Peterson in the backfield…  Good choice George. 

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