Former Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles continues to be a candidate to be taken at the highest reaches of the draft.
Perhaps in the highest possible spot.
Bortles recently told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt of SiriusXM NFL Radio that Bortles will be visiting with the Texans and Jaguars in the days following his March 19 Pro Day workout. Other visits will be scheduled.
Bortles also continues to talk about his decision to throw at the Scouting Combine — and the decision of other quarterbacks not to throw.
“I don’t really understand why guys don’t throw,” Bortles said. “Every single quarterback that throws is kind of faced with a little adversity. Nobody knows those receivers. The guys are going to run at different speeds. They’re going to come out of cuts at different angles. They’re going to break routes off early and all that kind of stuff. But everybody has to deal with it. It’s a level playing field from a quarterback perspective. So I don’t really understand why guys don’t throw.”
It doesn’t really matter whether quarterback throw or don’t throw at the Scouting Combine, except to those with an interest in seeing the Underwear Olympics be as compelling as possible. The media, for example, will continue to clamor for it (well, most of the media), setting up a goofy sense of competition where no real competition exists.
And it will continue to be an issue every year, with some quarterbacks throwing and some quarterbacks not throwing and the decision having an impact on the draft only in the highly unlikely event that a quarterback who chooses to throw injures himself while doing so.