Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgwater was regarded as the top overall pick last season. Now he might not be the first quarterback taken in the draft.
What has gone wrong in that span? Surprisingly, nothing.
Bridgewater answered the biggest knock against him at the NFL Combine, which was his weight. The 6-2 quarterback was 214 pounds at the event. It’s difficult to say whether that will translate to durability, and Bridgewater battled through injuries that he played through late late season. He was listed at 205 pounds according to the school’s site.
Bridgewater didn’t throw at the NFL Combine, and he didn’t compete in the 40-yard dash either after saying he would. He’s a pocket-first quarterback however, so his speed isn’t necessarily a big deal. Bridgewater said he will throw at Lousville’s Pro Day on March 17.
Outside of the 40-yard dash, Bridgewater recorded a 30-inch vertical jump, 113-inch broad jump and ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.20 seconds.
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah has the Vikings selecting Bridgwater with the eighth pick in his latest mock draft. Lousiville’s offense has helped develop Bridgewater into a potential Week 1 starter and the most NFL-ready quarterback according to some draft analysts. Bridgewater is an accurate quarterback with good vision, and he lit up Miami with a career-high 447 yards in his final game with Louisville.
Outside of his durability, there aren’t many negatives about Bridgewater. If he can stay healthy, that could be a steal with the eighth pick.