2014 NFL draft: Blake Bortles visits with Raiders, Texans
Blake Bortles is one of a handful of prospects that is being considered as an option for the Houston Texans' No. 1 overall pick, but if the team chooses to go in a different direction, it may not be too much longer until Bortles hears his name called in the 2014 NFL draft.
According to the Contra Costa Times, the Oakland Raiders brought Bortles in for a pre-draft visit on Monday to get a closer look at one of the draft's top quarterbacks.
Oakland is slotted to make their selection with the No. 5 overall pick, so there is a possibility that Bortles could be off the board before the Raiders are on the clock, but that didn't stop them from doing their research.
The Raiders are expected to take a quarterback early in the draft to compete with offseason acquisition Matt Schaub, and many view Bortles as the best signal-caller available.
Oakland's current group of quarterbacks includes Schaub, Trent Edwards, Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor, but they are expected to move on from Pryor at some point before training camp, and there isn't much belief that McGloin is the team's future at the position.
Before Oakland gets a crack at Bortles, he will have to slide outside of the top four picks, which may be unlikely if he has a solid visit with the Texans, who he is meeting with today.
UCF QB Blake Bortles starts his visit with the Texans in Houston today -- a shot to make his case to be the first pick in the draft.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 15, 2014
If the Raiders get the opportunity to draft Bortles, they may be quick to make the UCF product their first-round pick and quarterback of the future. Oakland will just need to hope that the Texans aren't as interested in him as they appear to be.MORE: The SI 64: Our top 64 prospects in the 2014 NFL draft