It's Monday, so Mocking The Draft has churned out its latest prognostication for the first two rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. They're sticking with the idea of the Texans taking Antonio Richardson with the first pick of the second round (with identical, word-for-word analysis as the last iteration), but they've changed up who they believe will become the first player drafted on May 8th. To wit:
1. Houston Texans - Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
This isn't so much a reaction to the pro days of Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater as it is a representation of the current feeling about the Houston Texans and the No. 1 overall pick. Bridgewater is our top-ranked quarterback, and that's not going to change because of something he or Bortles did while throwing in shorts and a T-shirt. However, Bortles has legitimate connections to Houston's coaching staff with the relationship Bill O'Brien and George O'Leary have. Bortles is also bigger and arguably has a higher ceiling than Bridgewater. Whether it's right or wrong, Bridgewater is losing momentum in the pre-draft process.
So, to summarize why it's Bortles instead of Bridgewater: Connections, size, ceiling. Deposit your two cents in the Comments below.