Teddy Bridgewater Officially Announces He Will Enter 2014 NFL Draft

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2014

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Highly touted Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has officially announced his decision to forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL draft, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy:

The 21-year-old signal-caller caught the eye of NFL scouts during his time with the Cardinals, throwing for 7,688 yards and 58 touchdowns over his past two seasons.

Many, including Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, have projected Bridgewater as the top quarterback in this year's class. He's considered a lock to have his name called in the first round of May's draft.    

The 6'3", 205-pound passer demonstrated tremendous pocket presence throughout his time at Louisville and also showcased the poise and decision-making skills NFL higher-ups love to see. Bridgewater only threw four interceptions in 2013 and improved on that mark in each season.

Bridgewater's command of the offense over the past three years has resulted in tremendous team success for Louisville. The Miami native didn't earn his first career start until the fourth game of his freshman year, but he led the Cardinals to a bowl game in each of his three seasons at the helm, including a 12-win season in 2013.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates after their 33 to 23 win over the Florida Gators in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chri
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If there's a knock on Bridgewater, it's that he rarely got an opportunity to showcase his talents against college football's top programs. However, he did lead the Cardinals to an upset win over the Florida Gators in the 2013 Sugar Bowl. He completed 20 of 32 passes for 266 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Louisville's 10-point victory.

To put the performance in perspective, Florida finished the 2012 season ranked fifth nationally in total defense.

Although a lot can change from now until May 8, Bridgewater appears to have a good chance of being selected No. 1 overall. 


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