The reports and rumors around former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles' draft fate will continue to swirl in the weeks and months ahead of May's NFL Draft.

With just a couple weeks until the NFL Scouting Combine, reports about the Houston Texans intentions with the top overall pick have started to pick up.

Most recently, a report from Russ Lande, a former St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns scout, indicated that the Texans are "leaning towards taking either Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel with the top pick."

An interesting twist from the report: "Although Manziel would obviously be the choice of owner Bob McNair, O'Brien is not sold that Manziel possesses the work ethic and intangibles necessary to be the face of a franchise."

With some hesitation from O'Brien around the Heisman Trophy-winning Texas A&M quarterback, it's easy to make the argument that Bortles could be the top pick. O'Brien has praised the former UCF quarterback both after the Knights win against Penn State in 2013 and also since taking the head job in Houston. His connections with UCF coach George O'Leary, including the hire of former Georgia Tech quarterback and UCF assistant George Godsey, are well documented.

Bortles surely will impress in some areas at the Combine. He is expected to measure in at around 6-foot-5 1/2 and 235 pounds, ideal size for an NFL quarterback. 

There is still a long way to go in the draft process, but the fact that Bortles is being discussed as the possible No. 1 overall pick is impressive considering just how few people had the Oviedo native in the discussion at the start of the season.

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