Blake Bortles excited to throw at combine

February, 18, 2014
Feb 18
5:05
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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.

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.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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