Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel reports that UCF QB Blake Bortles met with eight NFL teams during the Scouting Combine this past weekend.
According to Tenorio, Bortles had interviews with the Texans, Jaguars, Raiders,Titans, Rams, Buccaneers, Jets and Vikings.
Bortles mentioned that his goal during the interview process was “stick out” to interested NFL teams.
“I did everything I could to just stick out in their head, so they know this is who I am, these are my goals, this is what I want to try to do,” Bortles said. “That I’m going to do everything I can to help an organization in becoming successful.”
Every NFL prospect meets with a number of teams during the Combine, so it’s hard to read too much into the teams he met with, but it is always interesting to see which teams beyond the obvious ones have interest.
The Jets are sitting at No. 18 overall, which makes it highly unlikely that Bortles will be in play for them in May. They could trade up, there is talk that Bortles could be taken No. 1 overall and the cost of moving up that far in the draft would likely be prohibitive.
At this point in time, it’s hard to imagine Bortles falling out of the top-five picks given that most of those teams are in need of a quarterback.