Blake Bortles wants to excel at NFL draft combine

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There are three quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft vying for that number one spot come May time. 

Blake Bortles, one of those elite three, is determined to make sure that it is his name that is read out first by Roger Goodell in Radio City Music Hall, New York. 

Bortles has been working hard in preparation for becoming a starter in the NFL and is looking to impress all scouts in attendance at the combine this weekend. 

The 6"5 QB's athleticism and NFL ready physique has scouts and coaches fawning, but build alone won't be enough to make him a regular starter and franchise quarterback in the big league.

So, Bortles has been working, hard. The former UCF Knight has been getting up at 6:30 am in California and working non-stop for 12 hours minimum in preparation. The 22-year old toils relentlessly watching tape, going over playbooks and whiteboards, weight training in the gym and working on his speed and arm. 

All of this in the hope of being better than the average mark in each drill of every NFL quarterback to pass through the NFL Scouting Combine. That's the list that drives Bortles on every day to improve and succeed.

I'm not the fastest guy or I won't jump the highest or the furthest or any of that," Bortles told the Orlando Sentinel. "But I've got that sheet … and my goal is to be above that [average] in every single category."

"I'm going to get prepared as well as I can so I don't look back and say, 'I wish I could've done this better or that better.' I won't be doing that on draft day."

Bortles completed 259-382 passes in his last year at Central Florida for a completion percentage of 67.8%. His 25 touchdowns through the air, and six on the ground, dragged UCF to their first ever BCS bowl game, and an MVP performance in winning the game. 

Despite being named number one on a whole host of draft boards recently, Bortles isn't resting on his laurels and knows hard work is key to success. 

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