Former University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles will throw at the NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis, putting all of his skills on display while several others may sit out.
Bortles announced the news on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
Dreamt about the combine since I was a kid! Fired up to compete in all aspects of it, especially throwing!
— Blake Bortles (@BBortles5) February 18, 2014
Earlier this month, Bortles’ father told the Orlando Sentinel that his son would be a “game-time decision.”
The news comes just a few days after Erik Burkhardt announced that his client, former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, would not throw at the combine. An announcement from Alabama’s A.J. McCarron is expected soon. McCarron already missed the Senior Bowl.
Some mock drafts have Bortles as the top-rated quarterback prospect, ahead of Manziel, McCarron and even Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. Analysts point to his size (he’s 6-foot-4, 230 pounds), his pocket presence and his ability to make plays on the run, saying he could be a franchise quarterback.
Leading UCF to its first BCS Bowl game and win, earning Fiesta Bowl MVP honors and defeating Penn State at State College doesn’t hurt either, especially with Bill O’Brien and the Texans selecting first in the draft.
Bortles and other quarterbacks are set to arrive in Indianapolis on Thursday. Their throwing sessions will take place on Sunday. Keep checking back at Sports Talk Florida for live combine coverage from Lucas Oil Stadium.