I have had calls from two NBA scouts that I know asking routine off-the-court questions about both players as well as from a source that does evaluation on potential draft picks for both the NFL and NBA.
"I do evaluations on players that teams are pretty sure are going to be drafted," the source said. "Teams are being more and more careful about how they spend their money.
"I don't focus on playing skills. Teams are not just looking at athletic ability, but they want to make sure the player's name stays on the sports page and not on the front page or crime page. If he's on the front page, they want it to be because the team won a championship and nothing else."
I have asked all three if this means Bledsoe and/or Orton are potential first-round picks. None would answer because they said they truthfully wouldn't know and even if they did, they could not tell me.
However, one did say that if several teams were "not highly interested" then I would likely not be getting phone calls.
What does this mean? It tells me Orton and Bledsoe both likely have made the right decisions by staying in the draft?
What did I tell the scouts/evaluator? I said I liked both players, that Orton was articulate and had overcome a very difficult time in his life and that the more I was around Bledsoe, the more I realized he might have been the most intense competitor UK had. Sure, both have flaws, but I had not seen any red flags with either player.