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Teddy Bridgewater 2014 NFL Draft mini scouting report

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Teddy Bridgewater – Quarterback

Height: 6’3 | Weight: 205 pounds | Louisville | Junior

Strengths: Bridgewater is an above average athlete. He has the foot quickness and awareness to avoid the pass rush in the pocket. He has good body control and coordination to stay under control to make accurate throws when he is on the move. He has been one of the most accurate passers in college football the last couple of years. He has good size for the position. He always keeps his eyes downfield and can deliver an accurate pass of 20 yards or more. Has a strong enough arm to make all of the throws on the passing tree. Shows good touch on short dump off passes to his running backs. Has very good poise in the pocket and will take what the defense gives him if deep routes are not open. He does a very good job at leading the receiver to the open area. He can manipulate the defense with his eyes very well. He has the maturity and intelligence to be a leader.

Weaknesses: Bridgewater is not a dual-threat type quarterback and lacks the elusiveness and foot speed to consistently make big plays with his legs. He has the height but has a thin build. When he does not get his feet set his passes can tend to sail high. Has been criticized for playing a weak schedule against less talented opponents.

Final Thoughts: Bridgewater has improved his game every year since coming to Louisville. He is a classic pocket passer with experience in a pro style type offense. He gets a lot of criticism for playing a weak schedule, but in the 2013 Sugar Bowl against the Florida Gators and the 2014 Russell Athletics Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes he and his Louisville teammates put on a show. In 2013, Bridgewater passed for over 3,900 yards with 31 touchdown passes and only 4 interceptions thrown. He has all of the attributes to be an effective starter at the next level. He will need time to adjust to the speed of the game in the NFL and to improve his overall footwork in the pocket. He should be very productive in a pro-style offense. He is not a read-option or spread offense type of quarterback and will struggle in those systems. If Bridgewater can land with a team with good veteran leadership, an offensive coordinator that is a good quarterback coach, and a veteran mentor to learn from he should flourish very quickly. He has what it takes to be a Top 10 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and the first quarterback selected.

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