2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report – QB Teddy Bridgewater
QB Teddy Bridgewater– Jr, Louisville
- Three year starter with plenty of game experience
- Shows strong leadership on the field
- Accurate passer, willing to throw against tight coverage
- Strong arm, maybe not a great strength but good enough to be a complete passer
- Can read defenses well and find the holes in the zone
- Rhythm passer, will make you pay if he starts getting hot.
- Good footwork and weight transfer on his throws for the most part
- Mobile quarterback who can buy time in the pocket or pick up short yardage on the ground.
- Has come up big against some of Louisville’s toughest opponents including a bowl win over the Florida Gators.
- Physical build is more on the lower end for quarterbacks, doesn’t have a particularly large frame to add much weight and may come in shorter than 6’3”
- Durability is a concern, particularly due to the slighter build. He’s taken a lot of hits early in his career.
- Has played more in a spread attack, will need time to develop in a more traditional offense
- While he’s got good functioning mobility, he isn’t a real dual threat guy
- Has been inconsistent and struggled against some of his weaker competition
Bridgewater was considered the front runner to be the top quarterback selected in this draft, but has faced stiff competition recently from Mariota. Bridgewater is a three year starter who’s put up very impressive numbers and has shown to have all the arm talent necessary to be a franchise quarterback in the NFL.
Despite that, there are some small things that people do question. His size and frame are on the lower end of top quarterbacks and he’s not really a dual threat guy like some smaller quarterbacks in the league.
Durability is also an issue especially given the smaller frame. Can he hold up to the pounding of a 16 game season? Another slight concern with Bridgewater is his level of competition. Playing in the down Big East and now the AAC Conference, the level of competition Bridgewater has faced is definitely down and his supporting cast has been fairly strong. The fact that he’s had some mediocre games despite the inferior competition does give some pause.
Most of the issues seem to be pretty nitpicky and really shouldn’t impact Bridgewater’s draft stock. It may bump him down a pick or two at worst, but he’s a lock for a top 3 selection come May.