Quarterbacks handle predraft analysis in different ways. Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is taking a more controlled route, not throwing at his pro day or at the NFL combine in a few days.
UCF quarterback Blake Bortles, on the other hand, plans to throw at the combine, he said in a tweet today.
Dreamt about the combine since I was a kid! Fired up to compete in all aspects of it, especially throwing!
— Blake Bortles (@BBortles5) February 18, 2014
There can be a risk to throwing at the combine. It's a high-pressure, high-stress environment where a lot is out of a player's control.
Some executives like to see a player willing to give himself to those variables. After all, their careers won't play out in controlled environments and many feel that when players have a rapt audience in every NFL team, they should embrace the opportunity.
If Bortles performs well, it should bode well for a player many think is still in an early stage of his development.