Just My Type

March 10, 2014

BLAKE BORTLES

ON FULL DISPLAY

The junior quarterback from Central Florida embraced every aspect of the NFL combine—including questions from teams about his model girlfriend. Bortles, a projected top 10 pick, ran a 4.93 40 (ninth among QBs) and had a vertical jump of 32½ inches (fourth).

DAN PATRICK:Strangest question at the combine?

BLAKE BORTLES: Nothing was really that bad. I got a couple of girlfriend questions. But besides that, it was all pretty normal.

DP:What did they ask about your girlfriend, Lindsey Duke?

BB: If we come to town, will she be there for dinner? Stuff like that.

DP:They obviously knew about her.

BB: They knew going into the meeting. That was their angle—to see how I reacted to it.

DP:Did anyone warn you that this would be a topic?

BB: No, I had no idea. [But] it was stuff I had heard before.

DP:Why did you do everything at the combine?

BB: It's an opportunity to make a first impression on 32 teams. Why wait until pro day? I grew up watching the combine and dreaming of competing in it.

DP:What do you do better than Johnny Manziel?

BB: I can't name things he can do. I can just tell you what I can do. As a quarterback, being 6'5", 235 pounds, being able to stand in the pocket, extend plays...

DP:How big was the Fiesta Bowl victory over Baylor in establishing Central Florida as legit?

BB: It was huge to be able to end the season with a win like that, in a game that nobody gave us a shot in.

DP:What was the biggest school that recruited you?

BB: Probably Purdue, but it was to play tight end.

DP:Did other schools ask you to move positions?

BB: Just Tulane.

DP:Do you think you could make it in the NFL as a tight end?

BB: I doubt it.

DP:Why?

BB: I've never played the position in my life, for even one down.

DP:Favorite team growing up?

BB: The Packers.

DP:Would you have a problem playing for the Bears?

BB: I don't have a problem playing for any team in that division. [The Packers are] who my dad likes. That's who I grew up watching every Sunday. But I would love to play for any team in the NFL.

DP:Are you going to the draft?

BB: Not sure yet. Don't know if I'm going to be invited.

DP:Oh, come on. You're going to get invited.

BB: I'll figure that out when it becomes official.

DP:Will you bring your girlfriend?

BB: I will bring her. You want to get dinner?

DP:But you know the camera will find her in the green room. What will she do if you drop?

BB: Maybe we can put her in the stands and bring her in after I get drafted.

Guest Shots

SAY WHAT?

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews doesn't think the NFL can penalize players for using racial slurs on the field: "This is an emotional game played by tough men who obviously are a little crazy in doing so. [There] is going to be a fine line as far as where [it] stops when you start eliminating language from play. It'll be very difficult."... Jim Boeheim surprised even himself with his eruption and ejection at the end of Syracuse's 66--60 loss to Duke on Feb. 22. "I never wanted to take my jacket off," the Orange coach told me. "I have gotten it halfway off a couple of times before, but not since Purdue and Joe Barry Carroll [on Jan. 13, 1980] did I take the whole jacket off." ... I asked Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson what he did at halftime of Super Bowl XLVIII. "I took a shower," he said. "We came out of halftime and it felt like it was a brand new game."

PHOTOMICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (PATRICK) PHOTOTODD ROSENBERG FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BORTLES) PHOTOROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MATTHEWS) PHOTOROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (WILSON) PHOTOPORTER BINKS FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BOEHEIM)

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