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Cover 2: Central Florida QB Blake Bortles & Fresno State QB Derek Carr

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Cover 2 is a daily look at players on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 prospects in the 25 days leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

The following players who entered the 2014 NFL Draft were ranked in Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 (as of April 1). Click below for a write-up of each duo:

RB Carlos Hyde/RB Bishop Sankey | LB Khalil Mack/TE Eric Ebron | LB Anthony Barr/TE Jace Amaro |
LB C.J. Mosley/TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins | LB Ryan Shazier/LB Chris Borland |
OT Greg Robinson/DE Jadeveon Clowney | OT Jake Matthews/DT Aaron Donald |
OT Taylor Lewan/DT Timmy Jernigan | OT Zack Martin/DT Louis Nix III |
OT Morgan Moses/DT Ra’Shede Hageman | OT Cyrus Kouandjio/DE Kony Ealy |
G Xavier Su’a-Filo/DE Dee Ford | G Brandon Thomas/DE Stephon Tuitt |
QB Teddy Bridgewater/DE Demarcus Lawrence | QB Johnny Manziel/DT Dominique Easley |
QB Blake Bortles/QB Derek Carr | WR Sammy Watkins/CB Justin Gilbert |
WR Mike Evans/FS Calvin Pryor | WR Odell Beckham Jr./FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix |
WR Marqise Lee/CB Darqueze Dennard | WR Kelvin Benjamin/CB Bradley Roby |
WR Brandin Cooks/CB Kyle Fuller | WR Jarvis Landry/CB Jason Verrett |
WR Davante Adams/SS Jimmie Ward | WR Paul Richardson/CB Lamarcus Joyner

Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida, Junior

College stats: Bortles was named first-team All-American Conference and AAC Offensive Player of the Year and a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award in 2013 after throwing for 3,581 yards and 25 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He had 3,059 passing yards and 25 TDs the previous year when he was second-team All-Conference USA as a sophomore. He played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 2011. Bortles and Daunte Culpepper are the only two UCF quarterbacks to throw for more than 3,000 yards in multiple seasons.

Combine measurements: Height 6 feet, 5 inches; Weight: 232 pounds

Combine performances: 40-yard dash: 4.93 seconds; Vertical jump: 32.5 inches (fourth among QBs); Broad jump: 9 feet, 7 inches (third among QBs); 3-cone drill: 7.08 seconds; 20-yard shuttle: 4.21 seconds

Jeremiah’s ranking: 19th out of the top 50 prospects

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State, Senior

College stats: Carr’s stats increased steadily in his final three seasons, enabling him to become the first Fresno State QB with three consecutive seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards. He became the third player in Mountain West Conference history to win consecutive Offensive Player of the Year awards (2012-13). The younger brother of 2002 No. 1 overall pick David Carr led the nation in several categories in 2013, including passing yards (5,082), touchdown passes (50) and completions per game (34.85). Carr’s numbers trumped his junior season, allowing him to break the MWC single-season record for passing yards (4,104) he set in 2012. He threw 37 TD passes that season, which was up from the 26 TDs and 3,544 yards he threw for in 2011.

Combine measurements: Height 6 feet, 2 inches; Weight: 214 pounds

Combine performances: 40-yard dash: 4.69 seconds (fifth among QBs); Vertical jump: 34.5 inches (second among QBs); Broad jump: 9 feet, 2 inches; 20-yard shuttle: 4.20 seconds (tied for third among QBs)

Jeremiah’s ranking: 35th out of the top 50 prospects

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