The NFL combine is underway with 335 of the top 2014 NFL draft prospects in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium to be measured, weighed, poked and prodded and with three quarterbacks vying for the first overall selection, that’s where a lot of the drama lies on the eve of quarterbacks doing their on-field workouts.
Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles will go through the gauntlet with only Bortles committed to throwing on Sunday and the former UCF quarterback met the media today to compare and contrast himself with Manziel who has campaigned for the top pick.
“I’ve had the opportunity to talk to (Manziel) a little bit these last two days,” he said. “He’s a great kid. Enjoy talking to him. I can’t speak on how I do this compared to how he does that. All I know is that I’ll be trustworthy. I won’t embarrass an organization off the field by making bad decisions or anything like that. I won’t embarrass my family’s name and will be a trustworthy guy, a trustworthy player.”
Manziel’s off-the-field drama has led to questions about the former Heisman winner’s maturity and leadership qualities which could lead to teams passing on him in the draft, but Bortles says teams don’t have to worry about that with him.
Bortles didn’t slam Manziel in the above quotes, but it doesn’t take a genius to read between the lines here and see what Bortles’ message was. If the Houston Texans are looking for a field general at quarterback who can have the trust of his coaches and teammates, then Bortles is saying he’s the guy.