Bortles impresses during pro day

Bortles impresses during pro day
March 19, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Blake Bortles wanted to come out of his pro day proving something specific to NFL teams.

“I’d have to say the tempo in my drop,” Bortles told NBCSN. “There were times on my college tape where I was lazy on my drop and slow in getting back. I wanted to come out of this workout with nobody saying his feet looked slow or anything like that, so I wanted to really speed that up.”

Bortles said he doesn’t know if it’s true or false if scouts say he’s an “inigma” within the draft. He’s built to fit the part but there are questions. He just wants to be himself and show teams exactly who they are going to get.

Bortles woke up early, had some eggs and headed over to Nicholson Fieldhouse on the Central Florida campus to first support his teammates and second prove to everyone he’s a capable quarterback worth drafting high in the first round, possibly by the Texans with the No. 1 overall pick. Texans coach Bill O'Brien was at the workout to see Bortles firsthand.

“I wanted to show off what I can do,” Bortles told Shaun King of NBCSN. “Moving around, throwing off platform, throwing from the pocket, you know fixing my footwork and all that.”

Footwork was obviously an emphasis for Bortles. Several scouting reports say his footwork isn’t great on tape and can get sloppy when under pressure. Several of the drills showed the 6-4- signal caller tap dancing through a ladder and then throwing, or dodging small balls tossed at his feet before throwing.

When he did throw the ball, the consensus among those in attendance was that he threw well.

"Anytime you're on national TV and you have this many people from around the (NFL) two things happen. You either get great exposure or you get exposed," George O'Leary, Bortles' head coach at Central Florida said after the workout. "I thought he got great exposure today."

The Texans met with Bortles one-on-one prior to his workout, as did several other teams. Along with O'Brien, Texans General Manager Rick Smith, quarterback coach George Godsey and other members of the scouting and front office were in attendance.