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Blake Bortles wants to be in top pick conversation

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Johnny Manziel might have gotten more attention earlier in the day, but Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles wants in on the talk about being the first overall pick.

Bortles didn’t draw the same kind of crowd in the media room that Manziel did at the same podium earlier Friday, but said he wants to go through all the drills here at the Scouting Combine to prove that he belongs in the conversation.

“I don’t think that’s up for me to decide,” he said of going first overall. “But I’m going to come here and do everything I can to make sure that when I leave there’s other people saying that besides me. That’s the goal, the goal is to be the top quarterback prospect. That’s why I left college early, that’s why I came out, was to be the top quarterback prospect, and I believe I can do that.”

While highly drafted quarterbacks are rarely given time to develop slowly (because they’re drafted by teams who were so bad as to need immediate help), Bortles said he didn’t have a problem with the notion that he needed time to grow into the job.

“I have no problem with that,” he said. “There’s no doubt I need coaching, I need help. I think everybody in the game does. There’s reasons why all these greats out there are continuing to play and continuing to work in the offseason and get coached— 100 percent, I need coaching, I need help and I’m going
to work my butt off to do everything I can to be the best that I can be to help a team be the best that they can be.”

He stands out in this group for several reasons, partly because of his size. While the size of Manziel has been a big topic, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Bortles has shown the tools that could allow him to flourish if he finds the right fit.

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20 Responses to “Blake Bortles wants to be in top pick conversation”
  1. green41563 says: Feb 21, 2014 5:13 PM

    Me, too.

  2. preludeoflight says: Feb 21, 2014 5:14 PM

    Man, I like his attitude. He’s got the right mindset for sure.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 21, 2014 5:25 PM

    Bridgewater has longer arms than Bortles and Manziel has bigger hands. I think they beat him in all the field tests as well.

  4. vaphinfan says: Feb 21, 2014 5:31 PM

    I can’t believe Mayock has this guy rated higher than AJ Mccarrin.

  5. 4allintensivepurposes says: Feb 21, 2014 5:34 PM

    Translation: “I like money”.

  6. ziggystheansah says: Feb 21, 2014 5:34 PM

    As long as he doesn’t go to Minnesota, Bortles will be okay.
    I hear they play clown music at Vikings’ practices -shudder-

  7. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 21, 2014 5:50 PM

    Too bad.

  8. joeywoge says: Feb 21, 2014 5:51 PM

    I have said it before. Bortles goes number one to the Texans!!

  9. brownstown6586 says: Feb 21, 2014 6:03 PM

    I want the Browns to take him… Just so his girlfriend comes to town.

  10. ravenswhat says: Feb 21, 2014 6:05 PM

    Blaine Bortles

  11. tjacks7 says: Feb 21, 2014 6:11 PM

    And if so, the biggest draft busts in NFL history conversation.

  12. elwaysagenius says: Feb 21, 2014 6:14 PM

    He is in the top pick conversation. So I guess he got what he wants.

  13. jibska says: Feb 21, 2014 6:16 PM

    It’s pretty funny how fast Bridgewater has been buried by the media. Clearly one of the top qb options, yet all we hear is manziel or bortles.

  14. kayakattack says: Feb 21, 2014 6:37 PM

    Blaine Gabbert 2.0

  15. ezmoover says: Feb 21, 2014 6:53 PM

    Bortles has an excellent chance to be the top pick… in the 2nd round.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 21, 2014 7:22 PM

    Manziel owns the podium. Bortles mumbles through his script, Bridgewater is too scared to show his face.

    All you need to know, really.

  17. pftisfulloftrolls says: Feb 21, 2014 7:36 PM

    Can someone explain why Bortles is being compared to Gabbert?

  18. aldante66 says: Feb 21, 2014 7:53 PM

    Gee I wonder if he realizes that if he ended up being the first pick he would get a lot more money that the rest of the picks. Na, probably never crossed his mind.
    Hey pal, school is out and the grades are in. Nothing more you can do now except the combine.

  19. luz56 says: Feb 21, 2014 8:26 PM

    Why bother calling the guy a bust… It’s known after three years of pro ball… Some guys can’t make the leap others continue to mature as athletes…

  20. dwhcic says: Feb 22, 2014 10:43 AM

    I hope he doesn’t fall to the vikings.

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