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QB Teddy Bridgewater – Scouting Report

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Louisville Cardinals QB #5 Teddy Bridgewater 2013 Jr. Highlight

Name:  Teddy Bridgewater

School / Player Number:  Louisville, #5

Position:  QB

Ht:  6’2”

Wt:  214lbs

Position Rank:  3

Overall Rank:

Daily Football Report Grade – 1st Round

NFL Projected Round – 1st Round

NFL Projection – Solid Starter

High School Career

High School Career:  Miami Northwestern High School, FL

Senior Season – Threw for 2,606 yards and 22 TDs.  Set Dade County record with 7 TD passes in one game.

Junior Season – Enjoyed a stellar campaign throwing for 2,546 yards and 32 TDs and 12 Interceptions while rushing for 379 yards and 5 TDs.  Named 2nd team All-State for 6A and 1stteam All-County.

Sophomore Season – Passed for 16 TDs and 3 Interceptions, completing 60% of his aerials. Led his squad to 6A state title game.

Notable Scholarship Offers – Louisville, Miami (Fl), Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, West Virginia

Rankings – Ranked #9 QB and 4 star prospect by ESPNU; Ranked #6 QB and 4 star prospect by Scout; Ranked #6 Dual Threat QB and 4 star prospect by Rivals; Ranked #5 Dual Threat QB and 4 star prospect by 247sports composite.

Comments – Bridgewater was a highly regarded sought after recruit coming out of Miami Northwestern High School and originally committed to the Miami Hurricanes before de-committing after the dismissal of Randy Shannon as Head Coach.

Collegiate Career

2011 – Shared time with Will Stein as a true freshman completing 191 of 296 passes for 2,129 yards and 14 TD with 12 Interceptions.  A 64.5% completion percentage. Named Big East Rookie of the Year.  Selected 1st-Team All-Freshman.

2012 – Started 12 games completing 68.5% of his aerials for 3.718 yards and 27 TD with only 8 Interceptions.  Named Big East Offensive Player of the Year and 1st Team-Conference.  MVP of Sugar Bowl victory over Florida.  Suffered broken wrist and sprained ankle in loss to Connecticut.  Despite injuries still led Louisville to win in season finale to win Conference title.

2013 – Completed 303 of 427 passes for 3,970 yards and 31 TD with 4 Interceptions.  Started every game.  Completed 71% of passes.  Averaged 305 yards passing per game.  Manning Award Finalist.

Comments – Bridgewater was a program changer at Louisville.  He arrived with Charley Strong in 2011 and proceeded to lead this team into national prominence culminating with Sugar Bowl victory over SEC powerhouse Florida in 2012.  Bridgewater also led the Cardinal to another bowl victory in 2013 over the Miami Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl.  He leaves Louisville as one of the greatest players in their program history.

NFL Skill Set Scouting Report

Description Analysis
Size/Speed: Average height with a small frame; Appears frail; Sam Bradford type build but shorter; Does he have an NFL body? Has small hands and did not throw ball well at his pro day without gloves; Is athletic and though he did not run much has ability to gain yards with his legs.  Is not going to out run many defenders but can get you a first down.
Arm Strength: Average to slightly above; Can make all the throws required of NFL QB; Knows when to put some zip on his ball but also displays a tremendous touch.
Accuracy – Short: Extremely accurate in short-intermediate range; Does a good job of leading receiver; Has ability to put ball in tight windows where only his receiver can catch.
Accuracy – Long: Loses accuracy when throwing down field; Has a tendency to under throw his receivers when throwing vertically; Does not consistently follow thru on his motion which causes accuracy issues when he has to stride forward with strength.
Mobility: Very good mobility, thrives in rolling out and has ability to tuck and run for yardage; Was not incorporated into collegiate rushing attack but is a good athlete.
Throw on the Run: Excels in this area; Play action roll out effective and does outstanding job of squaring shoulders and making pinpoint accurate throws in short-intermediate range.
Reading Defenses: Does an excellent job in this area; Extension of coaching staff on field; Operated in pro-style with similarities to west coast offense; Is able to identify and read pre-snap and post-snap; Has high football IQ and understands how to read defenses and adjust; Possesses keen understanding of how to play position; Does good job of going thru progressions and reads.
Technique: Does not always stride forward, tends to throw off back foot; Does not incorporate lower body consistently into his deep ball causing throw to lose some steam and accuracy issues; Footwork is very good and has taken snaps under center and his drop is fluid.
Release: Very good release, quick but not elite; Somewhat lower release point near ear and with his lack of ideal height it could result in passes being knocked down at times.
Decision Making: Makes very good decisions and minimizes turnovers and mistakes; Due to knowledge and mastery of collegiate offense he was in complete control on field; Puts his team in position to make plays and win.
Leadership/Competitiveness: Tremendous leader of team; Major impact on college program; Mastered offense, like a coach on the field and very competitive; Exhibited a great deal of poise and mental toughness overcoming injuries and adversity; Stands tough and poised in pocket in the face of pass rush while still delivering pass.
Durability: Has proven to be very durable and willing to not only play but excel when injured or hurt; Broken wrist in 2012; Ankle 2012; Mentally and physically tough; Concern over physical build and whether he can withstand pounding of NFL.

 

2014 Combine

40 yd dash

Hand Size

Vertical jump

Broad jump

DNP

9 ¼’’

30’’

9’5

Short Shuttle

Arm Length

Bench press

Three-cone

4.20

33’’

DNP

7.17

2014 Pro Day

40 yd dash

Hand Size

Vertical jump

Broad jump

N/A

N/A

DNP

DNP

Short Shuttle

Arm Length

Bench press

Three-cone

DNP

N/A

DNP

DNP

 

Summary:

Bridgewater is a joy to watch play the quarterback position due to his poise and knowledge of the position.  Despite his slight build he is tough as nails and can pick a team apart with his accuracy in the short-intermediate range and ability to throw on the run.  He excels at play action and is adept under center, which is rare for a collegiate quarterback today.  His ability to hang in the pocket and take hits is a tribute to his mental fortitude and toughness.  In evaluating Bridgewater there is a great deal to like with few areas of serious concern.  He will need to improve his down the field accuracy and I did see a tendency to throw off his back foot and not completely following thru with his lower body when throwing.  I also witnessed at times an inability to sense pressure coming but this may be an anomaly.  I also viewed “happy feet” in the pocket as well.  As much as I like Bridgewater I cannot get over the concern of his frail build and question his ability to take the pounding an NFL QB takes week after week, year after year.  He is frail and though he can get stronger his frame does not appear to be able to handle much bulk.  Ultimately, you must grade him on his past durability and whether he has an NFL body.  The latter is much more difficult to gauge.  When viewing Bridgewater I cannot help but go back to my evaluation of Sam Bradford at Oklahoma.  I had the same questions and we have seen Bradford struggle to stay on the field in the NFL.  I will add that while at Oklahoma he did endure some injuries that caused Bradford to miss games where as with Bridgewater that is not the case.  Overall, his poise, leadership and experience in a pro-style attack are too appealing to allow him to last long on draft day.  Physically, there is an enormous difference between Bridgewater and Bortles and it was Bortles that came out on top on the field in 2013.  The top three QBs in this draft, in my opinion are Bortles, Bridgewater and Carr and you can separate them any way you choose.  I do believe he is a better prospect than Geno Smith was a year ago and he should be drafted in the first round.  How high Bridgewater is selected will ultimately be determined by a team feeling he fits in very well with what they are looking for in their quarterback.  With his physical abilities he is best suited for a west coast style of offense.  Very good prospect.