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QB Bortles not a lock throw at Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2014 – 5:21 pm

He’s preparing to do everything at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis next week, but Central Florida QB Blake Bortles plans to throw at the Combine are not set in stone, according to his father.

That according to the Orlando Sentinel, who spoke to Bortles father, Rob Bortles.

“If they choose not to (throw), they choose not to, but he’ll be prepared,” Rob Bortles told the Orlando Sentinel. “It’ll be a game-time decision. If you’re not prepared, then you can’t throw, so he’s preparing for it in case they decide to.”

Bortles is training at the EXOS facility in California in preparation for the Combine. If he doesn’t throw it will come as a surprise to some NFL draft analysts including NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, who listed Bortles as one of the prospects with the most to prove in Indy next week.

Here was Brandt’s assessment of how important it is that Bortles fully perform.

Blake Bortles – QB – UCF
I always worry a little about guys who burst onto the scene seemingly out of nowhere. Bortles is a one-year wonder who can prove a lot to me at the combine. He’s had one good year, but it was an excellent year; he completed almost 70 percent of his passes and threw for 25 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Right now he looks good on tape — bringing his team from behind against Temple, beating Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl — but now you want to see him outclass the other quarterbacks while competing against them at the combine. For example, when you see him in drills, he might not be the equal of Johnny Manziel moving around, but if teams are to consider Bortles that high in the draft, he has to be at least close to Manziel in athletic ability. These events are important because it will allow teams’ knowledge of Bortles to increase — right now, based on my knowledge of the two quarterbacks, I have Bortles as my No. 2 QB behind Manziel. It’s possible that could change after the combine.

 


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