Teddy Bridgewater: 5 Reasons Why Louisville QB Should Bolt For NFL Draft
5 Reasons Why Teddy Bridgewater Would Be Foolish To Stay In Louisville
Teddy Bridgewater will soon be forced to make one of the most difficult decisions of his entire life. The star quarterback has terrorized the AAC for the last two seasons, but as a Junior he can now leave the university that made him famous. For the last 10-12 months, Bridgewater has been heralded as the country's top quarterback prospect. However, recent reports say that Bridgewater has strongly considered returning to play for the Cardinal as a senior.
While College Football might be in a little bit of a lull right now, the Bridgewater debate is enough to keep college football fans across the country on the edge of their seats. If Bridgewater decides to stay at school for another year that means he will be pinned up against the likes of Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston for bragging rights as the top quarterback in the country.
Sure, Bridgewater might have a great time as senior in Louisville, but this kid really needs to focus on his future. Everyone remembers what happened to Matt Barkley in 2013 as he went from the "best QB available" to a fourth-round pick is just a few short months. Bridgewater doesn't want that, and Barkley's slide is just one of the many reasons why the Louisville quarterback should book for the 2014 NFL Draft.
No. 5: Houston Texans
The Houston Texans have a ton of talent. Now, the Texans are also the worst team in the league for a reason as former head coach Gary Kubiak just couldn't get all of that talent to play well at all. In the process, Houston is desperate for answers as the two-win team will likely draft a quarterback if they finish with the first-overall pick.
Teddy Bridgewater should job at the opportunity to play alongside the likes of: Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, DeAndre Hopkins and Owen Daniels.
No. 4: Matt Barkley
Do you remember how crazy NFL scouts were about Matt Barkley this year? Yeah, me either. However, Barkley would have been the first quarterback taken in the 2012 NFL Draft -- had he come out.
Teddy Bridgewater doesn't want to be Matt Barkley...take the cash, T-Bridge.
No. 3: Stacked 2015 NFL Draft Class
Here are two good reasons why Bridgewater would be foolish to stay another year in the college football ranks: Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.
Both will be entering the 2015 NFL Draft as top-notch quarterback prospects, which would surely push Bridgewater down in the process.
No. 2: DeVante Parker
DeVante Parker is undoubtedly Teddy Bridgewater's favorite target. Over the last two seasons, Bridgewater has connected with Parker to the tune of 1,487 yards receiving and 22 touchdowns. Parker is the same year as Bridgewater, which means the star wide receiver can leave for the 2014 NFL Draft whenever he would like.
If Parker decides to leave for the NFL Draft then Bridgewater should definitely follow him.
No. 1: Risk Of Getting Hurt, Ruining Draft Stock
I mentioned Matt Barkley earlier, but the reason he slipped so far in the draft was largely due to an injury-riddled senior campaign. Teddy Bridgewater has done a great job at staying healthy, but does No. 5 really want to test his luck with that?
For instance, a torn ACL for Bridgewater would put him in the same boat as Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger -- both projected as late-round picks instead of top-10 selections. Bridgewater should take some advice from JaDeveon Clowney and just leave college in the dust and take the coin.