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Did former UCF QB Blake Bortles help himself at the NFL Scouting Combine?

The biggest question I’ve heard from readers coming out of the NFL Scouting Combine is this: Did former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles help his stock?

It’s an easy answer: yes. The reason, why, though, has nothing to do with his performance in the throwing drills. Bortles helped himself simply by taking part on Sunday morning.

Through the first two days at the combine, we heard general managers and coaches step to the podium and talk about how much they wanted to see the competitiveness of players over the weekend. It wasn’t about accurary or perfection, but taking the opportunity to seize the moment.

“I put the emphasis on, a guy's got the chance to compete, go out there and compete,” Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said.

Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel did not do that. Blake Bortles did.

It helped that he put on a solid performance at Lucas Oil Stadium. Bortles was steady throughout every drill. When a receiver cut a route short, Bortles adjusted and delivered. When he threw three fly routes to three different receivers, he showed his ability to drop the ball in – even though he missed one deep pass.

More importantly, though, Bortles did more than talk about his competitiveness. He showed it.

Will it do more to push Bortles up the draft boards of NFL teams?


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