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Quickie impressions from UCF and Blake Bortles' Pro Day

Stay tuned for an in-depth story about former UCF QB Blake Bortles' workout online soon.

For now, here are some quick-hit impressions from UCF's Pro Day workout today:

* Several people walked out of the Nicholson Fieldhouse with the impression that Bortles will slip no lower than the No. 2 pick in the draft. The belief is that Houston is picking between South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Bortles, and that if they opt for Clowney there are several teams who will try to trade up to grab Bortles. Some teams who may be most interested: Oakland and Minnesota.

* The person not named Blake Bortles who helped himself the most: former UCF wideout Jeff Godfrey. Teams clocked Godfrey between 4.45 and 4.54 in the 40-yard dash, he had a 36-inch vertical and ran precise routes and showed good hands in the throwing portion when he caught passes from Bortles. With all those eyes trained on him, Godfrey showed an ability to catch outside of his frame and definitely helped his stock.

* UCF lineman Chris Martin was also likely happy with how he performed. Martin clocked a 5.13 40-yard dash, which would have put him in the top-15 at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also put up 33 reps on the bench press, as did Jordan McCray and Justin McCray. All three probably helped their stock.

* Storm Johnson was clocked between 4.5 and 4.6 on his 40-yard dash. He strained a hamstring during the workout and pulled out, doing some stationary catching during Bortles' throwing drills. Tough break for Johnson. He'll be helped by the draft being pushed back to May. O'Leary said he would schedule another individual workout for Johnson if teams wanted to come in and get a closer look at the running back.

* A couple former UCF players took part in the workout: Brandon Bryant, who finished his career at Bethune-Cookman, and Jeff Brinson, who had a knee injury and did not play at the end of his career. Linebacker Ray Shipman worked out, as well.  Brinson stepped in to catch passes during Bortles workout when Johnson was hurt.

* Some quick-hit Todd McShay thoughts. He expected to say Bridgewater was the more natural thrower, and turns out it's the opposite: Bortles is. "Bortles, the ball comes off his hand more naturally and he's got more juice on his throws," McShay said. "Overall it was a really, really strong performance. I don't care how many catches or drops, I see a guy who clearly has better raw, physical tools to work with and is progressing towards a more finished product than what I saw from Teddy Bridgewater earlier in the week."

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