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Teddy Bridgewater NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Vikings QB

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater throws a pass during the first half of the Russell Athletic Bowl NCAA college football game against Miami in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.(AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2014

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (Height: 6'2⅛", Weight: 214 lbs)

Minnesota Vikings (Vikings trade the 40th and 108th picks to the Seahawks for the 32nd pick)

First Round: 32nd Pick 

NFL Comparison: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Combine Weigh In
HeightWeightArmHand
6'2 1/8"21433"9 1/4"
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Combine Workout
40-yard dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
DNPDNP30"9'5"7.174.20
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Positives

  • He maneuvers the pocket extremely well and keeps his eyes downfield. His pocket awareness and movement are outstanding. 
  • Poised and confident.
  • Throws with touch and puts the ball where only his receiver can get it.
  • Good functional mobility; displays escapability and makes plays on the move.
  • Very accurate passer impressed with good ball placement, especially in the short to intermediate levels.
  • Displays anticipation and shows the ability to throw his receivers open.
  • Resilient, high-character player who thrives in big games and pressure situations.
  • Looks to be a comfortable and capable improviser.
  • Generally displays good footwork and throwing mechanics, sporting a quick, smooth delivery
  • Quick and fluid in his drop.
  • Tough, composed under pressure and willing to take a hit to make the necessary throw.
  • Good decision-maker; possesses a high football IQ.
  • Tests tight windows confidently in the intermediate areas of the field.
  • Throws well on the move, whether he be rolling to his left or right.
  • Very efficient on third downs; can beat you with his arm or legs.
  • Sells play-fakes well and demonstrates the ability to use his eyes and body position to manipulate coverage.
  • He throws with velocity to the intermediate level and displays average to above-average arm strength. He can drive the ball outside of the numbers.
  • Extends plays, is capable of eluding the rush and making something out of nothing.
  • Touch passes 20-35 yards downfield are often thrown with perfect trajectory.
  • Does a nice job of protecting himself outside of the pocket.
  • Has a flexible arm, can deliver accurately from several different arm angles.

 

Negatives

  • Some scouts will knock him for his size. He measured at just over 6’2” at the Combine and is built narrowly for a quarterback with fairly small hands. He may not fit minimum specifications for some NFL teams.
  • He has inconsistent deep accuracy; his ball often flutters and misses the mark.
  • He does not always throw the prettiest ball. Occasionally we see tight spirals, but the ball often is wobbly out of his hand.
  • His footwork falls apart at times when he is throwing deep and he fails to drive the ball downfield.
  • Certainly not a dynamic runner; mobility is functional but does not fit the mold of recent game-breaking quarterbacks.
  • Aside from the Sugar Bowl victory against Florida as a sophomore, he was not challenged by elite competition in college.
  • Lacks any extraordinary attributes; he is good across the board but doesn't have any elite qualities.

 

Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamCmpAttPCTYardsTDINT
2011Louisville19129664.52,1291412
2012Louisville28741968.53,718278
2013Louisville30342771.03,970314
http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/511614/teddy-bridgewater

 

Personal Notes

  • Second-Team American Athletic Conference 2013.
  • Sugar Bowl MVP 2013.
  • Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2012.
  • Big East Rookie of the Year in 2011.
  • Graduated December 2013 with a degree in sports administration.

 

Ratings Chart

http://nces.ed.gov/

 

Overall

Labeled as a top pick before the beginning of his junior season, Bridgewater managed to meet high expectations this year. While there is little flashy about his game or personality, he appears to be the most pro-ready quarterback in this class. What he lacks in prototypical size, he more than makes up for with exceptional pocket movement, poise and accuracy.

He may not be an ideal fit for a vertical offense that wants to aggressively push the ball downfield, but he is equipped physically and mentally for any scheme. Expect him to come off the board early in the first round and offer a struggling franchise a fresh face.

 

Draft Projection: 1st Round

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