Former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles ended the suspense over whether he would throw at the NFL combine which begins Thursday from Indianapolis, In. when he tweeted that he is fired up to compete in all aspects of the combine on 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
Bortles father said it would be a ‘gametime decision’ as to whether or not Bortles would throw at the combine after leading the Knights to a dream season that culminated with a win in the Fiesta Bowl over the Baylor Bears.
The 6-5 quarterback is viewed as a possible dark horse pick to be the top pick in May’s NFL draft because of his prototypical size and mobility that can be developed under first-year head coach Bill O’Brien.
With Johnny Manziel not throwing at the combine he can make himself a lot of money if he puts on a show opposite Teddy Bridgewater who is also in the running to be the first quarterback taken in the draft.
His decision to throw at the combine is also a testament to his competitiveness and should win over some NFL teams with his desire to put his skills on display with the best draft prospects in the country.