Monday, April 21, 2014
Draft factoid: Bortles and arm strength
By Pat McManamon
Draft day looms ever closer. As it approaches, it seems appropriate to start your day with a tidbit or two on draftable guys -- with an eye toward those the Cleveland Browns might select. All information is courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information.
Quarterback Blake Bortles completed 52.9 percent of his passes that were thrown at least 25 yards downfield last season. Only Tajh Boyd (55 percent) did better (minimum 25 attempts). However, no quarterback taken in the first round the past two years had a higher completion percentage than Bortles on long passes. The best prior to Bortles and Boyd this season was Robert Griffin III at 51.9 percent. Others: Brandon Weeden (38.1 percent), EJ Manuel (36.4 percent), Ryan Tannehill (28.3 percent) and Andrew Luck (24.1 percent).