Central Florida quarterback and NFL prospect Blake Bortles doesn’t lake talent or confidence. After an impressive pro day workout on Wednesday, Bortles told USA TODAY sports on March 19, that he has what it takes to be the No. 1 pick.
Similar projections were made by a couple of the draft’s other top prospects like quarterback Johnny Manziel and one of the top defensive players in the draft, Jadeveon Clowney. Bortles, however, understands that it is not his decision.
“I wish it was up for me to decide. I’d take me,” Bortles told USA TODAY Sports. “But it’s no telling.”
The 22-year-old shined during his workout, showing NFL coaches and scouts just why he should be the No. 1 overall pick. He did it was focus as he threw a scripted 65 passes under the guidance of Chicago Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer. He did have a few overthrows on deep passes as well as some drops, but ESPN analyst Todd McShay was still impressed.
“I don’t care how many catches or drops or anything like that, I see a guy that clearly has raw physical tools present and is progressing towards a more finished product than what I saw from Bridgewater earlier this week. If I’m absolutely taking a quarterback, I’m taking Blake Bortles.”
But are NFL coaches impressed? He definitely gave Texans coach Bill O’Brien, Jaquars coach Gus Bradley, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Buccaneers new coach Lovie Smith something to think about, but Bortles can only worry about what he can control.
“I don’t worry about any of the stuff I can’t control. I knew this was something on the list of things that I can control, and the last thing before this was the (NFL) combine. Those were the two things that I could control, and that’s what I focused on.”
The focus Blake Bortles showed may be the key ingredient that does make him the No. 1 pick. NFL teams in search of a franchise quarterback also may be even more impressed by the quarterback’s composure.
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