The NFL Draft is looming and one of the favorites to go early on in the first round, if not No. 1 overall, is quarterback Blake Bortles.
The Central Florida product certainly helped his stock with a good showing at the recent NFL Scouting Combine. Namely, because he chose to show off his arm to scouts, which is something fellow quarterback prospects Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, and Derek Carr declined to do.
During an appearance on Sirius XM Sports on Wednesday, Bortles talked about his decision to throw at the combine, and also how he doesn't understand why other elite quarterbacks didn't.
"My thing is, I wanted to show the teams that I was here to compete," Bortles said. "I think it was hard to sit in the meeting room and tell them, 'I'm a competitor, I want to compete in every aspect but I don't want to throw today because it's an uncomfortable situation.' I think taking that initiative to throw, it shows that this is who I am, this is my opportunity to make a first impression, and I'm going to do it in Indianapolis at the combine. [That] was big for me and I really enjoyed it."
I don't really understand why guys don't throw," he said. "Every single quarterback that throws is faced with a little adversity. Nobody knows those receivers. Guys are going to run at different speed, they're going to come out of cuts at different angles, they're going to break routes off early -- all that kind of stuff -- but everybody has to deal with it. It's a level playing field from the quarterback perspective. So I really don't understand why guys don't throw. Like you said, it shows your competitive nature. As long as you take the proper drop and put the ball where you should put it, I think it's a good rep. That's what I was focused on doing and that's what I did."
There's no doubt that Bortles helped himself by choosing to throw. But there's still a lot left to do before the draft. The other quarterbacks are saving their time to shine for their respective pro days.
As for Bortles, he'll have a chance to show off his cannon once more on March 19.
Via Eye on Football