Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Central Florida defeated Baylor 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Bortles a "game-time decision" to throw at Combine according to his father

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles is preparing as if he will throw at the Scouting Combine in a couple weeks, but is a “game-time decision” as to whether he will go through with it according to his father.  Bortles has a chance to be the top quarterback in the NFL Draft and there have been a number of links between he and the Houston Texans.

Teams would like to see him throw side by side with other quarterbacks to compare his arm strength and zip on the football.  Bortles is listed at 6’4″ 230lbs and if he lives up to those measurables, he will naturally stand out and look the part of a franchise quarterback, but some reports are suggesting he is actually 6’5 1/2″ tall, which would only make him look that much more impressive in that environment if true.

Agents and the player involved get concerned because throwing with unfamiliar receivers can make for missed timing and inaccurate passes, but for the most part, that is not what scouts are evaluating.  Completions are nice and all, but how and where the quarterback is putting the ball regardless of the receiver is far more important.  Timing and accuracy will come with chemistry on the team, but putting a deep corner route on the landmark outside the hashes but inside the sideline or leading the deep ball down the field and having enough air under the ball is more key to the process.

Ultimately, he will have a Pro Day regardless of whether he throws in Indianapolis or not.  If he has a great day at the combine, it would just work to continue his momentum up the draft board and if he has an off day such as Cam Newton did at the combine leading up to the 2010 NFL Draft, he will have another opportunity to rebound so to speak.

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