Josh Norris of rotoworld.com reported on twitter that Bortles and Roethlisberger "have worked together some during the pre-draft process."
Bortles' size (he's 6-foot-5 and 232 pounds) has led to most of the comparisons to Roethlisberger (6-5, 241), who was the No. 11 pick in the 2004 draft. Roethlisberger has a stronger arm, but Bortles is the better overall athlete. While Roethlisberger is an effective scrambler, Bortles showed an ability to hurt opponents on designed runs at UCF.
Bortles is in play to be the No. 1 pick in the draft, as he would seem to fit what new Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien wants in a quarterback. But Bortles isn't necessarily the consensus No. 1 quarterback in the draft.
Bortles is the No. 3 quarterback and the No. 19 overall player on NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah's list of the top 50 prospects, but Jeremiah does have Bortles as the first quarterback off the board in his latest mock draft, to Oakland at No. 5. Fellow analyst Bucky Brooks has Bortles as the No. 3 quarterback and the No. 16 overall player in his Big Board. And analyst Mike Mayock has Bortles as the No. 2 quarterback in his positional player rankings.