Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater became a household name nationally when he led the Cardinals to a win over Florida in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, and he improved his numbers across the board as a junior last season (3,970 passing yards, 31 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 71 percent completion percentage) to keep himself among the top quarterback prospects as we entered the pre-draft process.
A poor showing at his Pro Day has some evaluators down on Bridgewater with the draft now just under a month away, but he is still being viewed as a top-10 pick in a lot of recent mock drafts. The Minnesota Vikings are currently a popular choice to take Bridgewater No. 8 overall, and they will reportedly host him for a visit early next week.
Here’s a closer look at Bridgewater, starting with his measurables.
Weight: 214 lbs.
(At the NFL Combine)
– Is very accurate and has a quick release
– Keeps his eyes downfield well and shows excellent feel in the pocket
– Is able to throw accurately on the move in both directions
– Has strong overall technique as a passer
– Shows good poise under duress; stands up well in the face of the blitz
– Played in a pro-style offense at Louisville
– Has a slender build; lacks prototypical size
– Has a lower than ideal release point
– Did not play a lot of high-level competition in college
– Is not a significant threat as a runner
– Has room for improvement with his deep ball accuracy
Bridgewater decided not to wear a glove on his throwing hand during his Pro Day, after wearing one last season, so I think his lackluster performance should have minimal impact on where he is drafted and it certainly should not overshadow how he performed during his junior season. Bridgewater is sure to hear his name called in the first round of May’s draft, even if he falls out of the top-10, since he is widely regarded as the quarterback who is the most ready to play immediately and a lot of teams have a need at the position.
The Vikings are a potential fit and appear to have a lot of interest in him, but the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 3 overall), Cleveland Browns (No. 4 and No. 26 overall), Oakland Raiders (No. 5 overall), Tennessee Titans (No. 11 overall) and Arizona Cardinals (No. 20 overall) may all have Bridgewater on their radar.