Future rookie quarterback Blake Bortles came into the 2014 NFL combine with more questions than answers. He skyrocketed up draft boards after an impressive season at the University of Central Florida, but rumors of him being a lock to go in the top-10, or even top-5, came with just as many concerns that he didn’t have what it takes to be a future franchise quarterback.
That won’t be the case anymore after Bortles showed what his passing skills at the combine. The only top quarterback to participate in the passing drills, Bortles showed great timing and good footwork.
Bortles is in an add position heading into the draft, but it’s one that might work out in his favor. He’s clearly the third-best quarterback available behind Johnny Manziel, who had a good combine, and Teddy Bridgewater, who watched everything from the sidelines. But being the third passer off the board should mean that he goes to a team with more talent around him than those other two will have.
Heading into the combine accuracy was the big questions hanging over his head. His accuracy during the throwing drills was average at best, but it was his timing with receivers he had never thrown to before that had scouts buzzing.
Just the fact that he was willing to show what he had at the combine had teams already going into the process impressed with him. Most players, quarterbacks especially, who are projected anywhere near the top of the first-round rarely ever do anything at the annual NFL meat market.
Bortles wasn’t afraid to go out and compete in front of the NFL scouts, and his performance only solidified his spot early in the first round.