Blake Bortles wants to be above-average in Combine drills


Not only is Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles training for the Combine, but he’s reportedly done his homework on how past passers have fared in drills.

Bortles told Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel that he has a sheet with past average Combine results for quarterbacks on the wall of his hotel room in California, where he’s preparing for the Combine.

“I’m not the fastest guy or I won’t jump the highest or the furthest or any of that. But I’ve got that sheet . . .  and my goal is to be above that [average] in every single category,” Bortles told the Sentinel.

It’s unclear whether Bortles will do all of the workouts at the Combine; his father told the Sentinel on Monday that the quarterback was readying for all drills but that a determination on how much he would work out would be made closer to his departure for the Combine, which begins Wednesday in Indianapolis.

One of the top quarterback prospects in the draft, Bortles’ workout will be one of the most eagerly anticipated of the Combine, especially if it’s clear he will be throwing.

21 responses to “Blake Bortles wants to be above-average in Combine drills

  1. He should skip everything while it appears some analysts and teams think he’s a top 10 pick. His stock is ridiculously overvalued he can do anything but hurt it.

  2. I admire his drive, but I can’t help but to chuckle from the quote, ” I want to be above average….”

    You can go on to have a very successful NFL career if you are an above average NFL QB.

    Why is that commercial by Gillette going through my head…but with a bit of a twinge to it?

    “Gillette, the most above average a man can get…”

    “Be….the most above average you can be….in the ARMY!”

    All kidding aside, I wish him and EVERY player entering the draft much success and health. They are getting to do what most people around the world can’t do.

  3. Now something else just popped into my head.

    Anybody ever watch Mystery Men? If not, check it out…it has a few laughs in it.

    William H. Macy as…”The Shoveler”

    “God gave me a gift. I shovel…I shovel VERY well…”

    Brian…you have been given a gift as well. Sure you may not be the fastest, strongest, quickest, or have the best arm. Heck, there were a lot of people that thought Johnny Unitas was a scrub…even members of his own team.

    Your gift is, you can be the best Brian Bortles you can be. It isn’t always about all of these measurements. I look at the combine now and wonder if a lot of the past greats would have even been drafted based on how they might have graded out.

  4. Don’t compare this dope to Gabbert. Blaine was in the top 10-15 all time in every event he participated in at the Combine, including the Wonderlic. He would get an A+ for his performance there. Bortles is striving for C+. He is smaller than Gabbert, slower than Gabbert, not as smart as Gabbert, and doesn’t have nearly the same arm strength. Plus Gabbert has a textbook over the top release that is among the quickest in the league, while Bortles has a ponderous 3/4 arm throwing motion.

    Bortles sat behind a munchkin who was 5-10 and 180 pounds, for two years at UCF, before they moved the other guy to receiver. And don’t forget this is U.C. Freaking F, we’re talking about here.

  5. It’s been said, but he’s a Blaine Gabbert clone. Go to youtube and role tape.

    Maybe a good backup and 4th round pick, but he’ll never be a starter unless there’s another league. NFL 1a.

  6. Well, here’s a list for Bortles to strive for then,

    6′ 4 1/2″, 235 pounds, 4.59 40, 33 1/2″ vert, 10′ broad, 6.8 three cone, 4.25 shuttle, 42 Wonderlic.

    Bet you he doesn’t make a single one of those marks.

  7. There you have it. No even Bortles himself believes he ‘s a 1st round pick. Leave the man alone and let him be the backup he’s cut out to be.

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