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2014 NFL Draft: University of Central Florida QB Blake Bortles to Declare for NFL Draft

Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles celebrates after defeating the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Central Florida defeated Baylor 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

While it is a topic up for much debate among fans and media types in Tampa Bay, there are some who believe that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be in the market for a quarterback this offseason.

With no big names available in free agency, and trade options seeming thin, the Buccaneers would likely have to turn to to NFL Draft to secure competition or a replacement for Mike Glennon. On Monday, the Buccaneers will likely have yet another name to choose from at the position.

Blake Bortles of the University of Central Florida will reportedly declare for the draft on Monday. The junior signal caller for the Knights has shot up draft boards all season, and many consider him to be the second-best quarterback in the NFL Draft behind only Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville.

Bortles finished the 2013 season with a 67.8 percent completion rate, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He sports a big arm, good athleticism, and a brave style that leads to big plays in key moments.

The Buccaneers may need to trade up to secure the services of either Bortles or Bridgewater, but as I wrote earlier, that would be the smart choice for a team loaded with talent, but lacking a game-changer at the quarterback position. Mike Glennon isn’t awful, but both Bridgewater and Bortles have the potential to be top-notch NFL quarterbacks.

And as fans of the Bengals are finding out, sometimes having a guy who “can win” isn’t good enough to get a team to where it needs to be.

Topics: Blake Bortles, NFL Draft, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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