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NFL Draft news roundup: To throw or not to throw at the Scouting Combine

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It's decision time for this year's top quarterbacks whether or not they're going to participating in throwing drills on Feb. 23 in Indianapolis.

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel will hold a personal pro day on March 27, skipping out on Texas A&M's March 5 pro day. Although Manziel hasn't announced whether or not he'll throw during quarterback workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 23, some are speculating he may not.

Former Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles is preparing to throw, the Orlando Sentinel reports, but he may also decide not to when he gets to Indianapolis next week. Both Derek Carr and A.J. McCarron have said they're unsure if they'll participate in throwing drills at the combine.

That could be a scary proposition for McCarron, who also decided to sit out the Senior Bowl, while Carr did. That leaves McCarron just Alabama's pro day sometime next month.

Top quarterback prospect Teddy Bridgewater has given no indication either way if he's going to throw at the combine.

In 2012, Andrew Luck decided not to throw, instead waiting for Stanford's pro day. Robert Griffin III also skipped out on throwing that year.

"You don’t go somewhere and run a game plan, you never practice, throw to guys you don’t practice with in an environment you’re not prepared for, so that’s why," Griffin said at the combine.

All of the top quarterbacks in last year's draft threw in Indianapolis, except for Matt Barkley who was still rehabbing a shoulder injury.

"I don’t have anything to hide. It’s a competition," E.J. Manuel said about throwing last year. "It’s the best opportunity to come out and present your skills. I think it was Ozzie Newsome who said to us yesterday that this is the best stage of this whole process to show them what you can do."

Finding a QB after the first round

Just how hard is it to find a quarterback after the first round of the NFL Draft? If you really dig into the numbers, it's exceptionally hard. Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country put together a nice infographic about it and the numbers are staggering.

Full combine workout for Mike Evans

Former Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans will do a full combine workout, Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on Twitter. Evans won't be participating in A&M's pro day, but he will work with Manziel on his personal day. Reports have been that Evans has looked incredible in workouts and could shock some people with his 40-yard dash time.

If this is your thing, Evans posted a video of him and Manziel dunking basketballs on his Instagram.

Derek Carr's bloodlines run black and silver

Did you know Derek Carr's uncle played for the Oakland Raiders? Well, thanks to Silver and Black Pride, now you do.

Garoppolo throwing at Northern Illinois' pro day

Former Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will take part in the Northern Illinois pro day on March 4, Adam Caplan noted on Twitter. This is a good move for Garoppolo and NIU. Instead of splitting scouts between the two schools, they can now just go to one to watch Garoppolo and Huskies safety Jimmie Ward.

Drafting a right tackle in the first round

Is there a stigma with drafting a right tackle in the first round of the draft? Maybe so in the past, but that stereotype is breaking away. The San Diego Chargers took D.J. Fluker with the 11th pick in last year's draft and he was good on the right side. The Arizona Cardinals might follow suit with the No. 20 pick this year and add a talented lineman at right tackle, Revenge of the Birds writes.

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