Draft stock, ceiling for Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles is currently the second-ranked QB prospect in the 2014 NFL draft. AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

Blake Bortles is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the 2014 NFL draft class. He didn’t even appear in our top 32 rankings until Dec. 4, and by the time we released our first 2014 mock draft on Dec. 18, we had him going No. 3 overall.

Because of his quick emergence as a prospect, Bortles is still relatively unknown, and there are varying opinions on him. But his decision to leave Central Florida early could have a significant impact on this year’s draft. Based on what I’ve studied of him so far, I believe that he has the highest ceiling of all the quarterbacks in the 2014 class (assuming Oregon’s Marcus Mariota returns to school, as he has announced).