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Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles lead combine's top quarterbacks

The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 335 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each NFL team.

A big portion of the combine is the individual events, such as the 40-yard dash, the bench press and the vertical jump.

We'll take a position-by-position look at the combine, spotlighting six players who will be scrutinized and also look at some notable event performances in the past five combines. We'll also look at how some notable current players performed at their combine events.

Part 1 is on quarterbacks. Truthfully, the combine events aren't all that meaningful when it comes to evaluating a quarterback. You'd like a quarterback to be fast or athletic, but just take a gander at some of the numbers Tom Brady turned in at the 2000 combine before you dismiss quarterbacks who score poorly.

Six to watch this year

Blake Bortles, UCF: Bortles is an excellent athlete, especially for a guy who is going to weigh in around 230 or so pounds at the combine. He should have a good 40 time.

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: There are questions about his bulk (or lack thereof) and his athleticism. But he's a better athlete than many give him credit for, though seemingly not in the same class as Bortles or Johnny Manziel.

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: Speaking of Johnny Football, he is extremely quick and has good speed. His 40-yard dash time frankly is irrelevant to the discussion about how high he will be drafted, but it doesn't mean a lot of people aren't looking forward to seeing him run the 40.

AJ McCarron, Alabama: McCarron has been everybody's whipping boy of late -- he skipped the Reese's Senior Bowl event and says he might not throw at the combine -- and it will be interesting to see how he performs in some of the combine tests. In short, how athletic is he?

Connor Shaw, South Carolina: Shaw should test well -- among the best of all the quarterbacks, we'd guess. He is athletic, and his toughness is way up there, too.

Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech: There are questions about Thomas' ability to be an NFL quarterback. There are no questions about his athleticism. Bortles is often praised for being athletic for a 230-pounder -- Thomas outweighs him by about 25 pounds and should wow all onlookers with his work in the drills. He had better wow folks with his athleticism, because when NFL decision-makers view most of his game tapes, more than a few probably will cover their eyes.

Combine bests over past five years

40-YARD DASH

1. Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Time: 4.41 in 2012
Draft status: 1st round (2nd overall), Washington

2. Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
Time: 4.51 in 2011
Draft status: 6th round, Baltimore

3. Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
Time: 4.53 in 2011
Draft status: 2nd round, San Francisco

4. Jarrett Brown, West Virginia
Time: 4.54 in 2010
Draft status: Undrafted

5. Pat White, West Virginia
Time: 4.55 in 2009
Draft status: 2nd round, Miami

5. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Time: 4.55 in 2012
Draft status: 3rd round, Seattle

» Top 40 times by QB since 2006

Notable players

Tom Brady, Michigan: 5.28 seconds in 2000
Drew Brees, Purdue: 4.83 seconds in 2001
Andrew Luck, Stanford: 4.59 seconds in 2012
Cam Newton, Auburn: 4.59 seconds in 2011
Aaron Rodgers, California: 4.71 seconds in 2005

VERTICAL JUMP

1. Josh Portis, California (Pa.)
Jump: 40 inches in 2011
Draft status: Undrafted

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2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Jump: 39 inches in 2012
Draft status: 1st round (2nd overall, Washington)

3. Tim Tebow, Florida
Jump: 38.5 inches in 2010
Draft status: 1st round (25th overall), Denver

4. Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
Jump: 37.5 inches in 2011
Draft status: 6th round, Baltimore

5. Jacory Harris, Miami
Jump: 37 inches in 2012
Draft status: Undrafted

» Top verticals by QB since 2006

Notable players

Tom Brady, Michigan: 24.5 inches in 2001
Andy Dalton, TCU: 29.5 inches in 2011
Andrew Luck, Stanford: 36 inches in 2012
Cam Newton, Auburn: 35 inches in 2011
Matthew Stafford, Georgia: 30.5 inches in 2009

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3-CONE DRILL

1. Tim Tebow, Florida
Time: 6.66 seconds in 2011
Draft status: 1st round (25th overall), Denver

2. Matt Scott, Arizona
Time: 6.69 seconds in 2013
Draft status: Undrafted

3. Austin Davis, Southern Miss
Time: 6.73 seconds in 2012
Draft status: Undrafted

4. Mike Reilly, Central Washington
Time: 6.76 seconds in 2009
Draft status: Undrafted

5. Jake Locker, Washington
Time: 6.77 seconds in 2011
Draft status: 1st round (8th overall, Tennessee

» Top 3-cone drill times by QB since 2006

Notable players

Tom Brady, Michigan: 7.20 seconds in 2000
Joe Flacco, Delaware: 6.82 seconds in 2008
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada: 6.85 seconds in 2011
Andrew Luck, Stanford: 6.80 seconds in 2012
Cam Newton, Auburn: 6.92 seconds in 2011

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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