Posted January 01, 2014

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater will enter the 2014 NFL draft

Louisville Cardinals, NFL Draft, Teddy Bridgewater
Teddy Bridgewater

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will enter the 2014 NFL draft. (Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)

In a move that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, Louisville quarterback will enter the 2014 NFL draft. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy first reported the news. MMQB’s Greg A. Bedard confirmed McMurphy’s report. Long regarded of as the No. 1 passer in this year’s class, it seemed only a matter of time before Bridgewater reached this decision.

The junior previously said he would wait until after the Russell Athletic Bowl to make his choice, and he was very careful with his words in the days leading up to the Cardinals’ 36-9 rout of Miami. That victory capped Louisville’s 12-1 campaign, in which the team’s lone loss came to UCF on Oct. 18.

On Dec. 20, however, a cryptic tweet appeared to signal that Bridgewater had already made up his mind.

Bridgewater completed 71 percent of his passes this season, throwing for 3,970 yards and 31 touchdowns to just four interceptions. He ranked 10th among FBS quarterbacks with an average of 9.3 yards per attempt. At 6-foot-3, he has the height professional scouts desire, but at 196 pounds, he’ll likely need to add a few pounds to his visibly slender frame. None of that should prevent him from being picked first among quarterbacks and likely first overall, to the Houston Texans.

Bill O’Brien, the new Texans coach and a man known for developing quarterbacks, is in a perfect spot to select the player he thinks will usher the franchise into the future. It’s hard to believe he’d go with anyone other than Bridgewater, who has been at the top of just about every mock draft, including those from SI.com’s Chris Burke.

Burke wrote on Dec. 30 regarding Bridgewater to the Texans:

Even those who are skeptical of Bridgewater’s abilities had to be impressed with how he played against Miami in Louisville’s bowl game. He threw for 447 yards and accounted for four touchdowns — a dazzling performance that showed off everything he brings to the table. Included in that list of abilities: mobility, touch downfield and the awareness to roll through progressions in decisive fashion.

That’s what separates the Louisville star from most of the other quarterbacks who could be considered in the draft. Johnny Manziel is the most elusive, and Derek Carr can run through progressions. Blake Bortles has size and strength, Brett Smith has athleticism and Tajh Boyd is steady as them come. Still, none of them has been able to put everything together in one ideal package like Bridgewater. He can hit the short and intermediate routes, make throws to either side of the field and drop in deep balls with incredible accuracy. And he always looks patient and under control while doing it.

23 comments
Chuckster
Chuckster

#1 pick??   He's a good QB, but don't see him at #1.  Oh well, what do I know... I thought Jermarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf were bad picks at that time and my friends laughed at me.  Houston needs a QB no doubt and because it has to take one I guess Bridgewater is acceptable.   However, If I were Houston, I'd trade down and take another QB and take the extra pick or two they get to grab an RB or more WR help.  Load up on O in the 1st 2 or 3 rounds and help the "D" stay off the field.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

I doubt this guy condones child rape, Bill O'Brien would be smart to keep his distance and choose someone else, maybe a penn st graduate.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

No brainer for the Texans to select him with the first pick.

John4
John4

Bridgewater - Seriously?  All that time in college and you STILL do not know the difference between APART and A PART?  You can not be serious.  Good thing YOU'RE an excellent QB.  Please gain some weight.  You should be starting for the Houston Texans as of game 1 of the 2014 season.  

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

His English professor must have shuddered when he saw that tweet

BrentWolgamott
BrentWolgamott

@John4At least he got the "you're vs your" right in the next tweet, even if he did spelled "time" as "tim".  LOL

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

except for "tim" instead of "time," it's not that bad of a tweet

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@j_mixell523 Unless you personally have a pick in the draft, your guarantee is useless.  Funny, but useless.

John4
John4

@DayneB @NatBenji_51 Johnny Manziel will be drafted between 30 and 45.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@sportsGuy12  read this part again:


Sacrificed a lot of personal glory for the people around because I've always been apart of something much bigger than myself.