Packers prospect profile: QB Teddy Bridgewater
Player Information: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville, 6-2, 214 pounds Hometown: Miami, FL
Vertical jump: 3o inches
3-cone drill: 7.17 seconds
Broad jump: 113 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.20 seconds
News and Notes:
Threw only four interceptions his final season. … Completed over 68 percent of his passes and threw just 24 interceptions in his career. … Dual threat QB out of high school, but developed as a passer in Louisville’s pro-style passing game. … Holds Lousivlle record of at least one touchdown pass in 22 straight games. … Third player in Lousiville history to throw for over 9,000 yards. … Rallied Lousiville to a win over Rutgers in 2012 despite wearing a cast on his wrist. … Graduated in just three years
What they’re saying about him:
- CBSSports.com: While Bridgewater’s arm is impressive, the poise, vision and touch he demonstrates could serve as a “how-to” video on effective quarterback play. Critics will continue to point out Bridgewater’s flaws. He is not as big or strong as Andrew Luck nor as nimble as a healthy Robert Griffin III. Among the quarterbacks potentially available in the 2014 draft, he’s the most polished and accurate.
- NFL.com: Terrific competitor. Extremely driven to succeed. Well-prepared and confident in his approach. Operated a progression-read offense where he is asked to scan the whole field and help steer protections. Footwork is very clean and in rhythm — throws on balance with sound mechanics, a fluid delivery and smooth stroke. Very good timing, touch and anticipation throws receivers open.
- MMQB: Compared on film to other potential quarterbacks in his draft class, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t jump off the screen. But NFL teams still like what they see, and when they dig a little deeper, that like will turn to love.
- Bridgewater can really move. But more importantly, it’s obvious that he understands the importance of squaring his shoulders and maintaining proper mechanics while on the move. Check out the throw 35 seconds into the clip.
- The knock on Bridgewater is that he’s skinny. But this isn’t the WWE. He’s going to be throwing passes, not body-slamming people and flexing his muscles. The kid can flat-out throw the ball and is mobile enough to avoid big hits on his smallish frame.
- Missed some downfiled throws on this clip. Based on the few games I watched Bridgewater play during the season, I noted downfield accuracy needed some work.
- Check out the play at 6:10 of the clip. Oh, man. If your team needs a QB, how do you not draft this kid?
If drafted by the Packers:
He won’t be drafted by the Packers. So, why am I profiling him? Because I think he will be drafted by the Vikings, and that worries me. Give this kid a year to learn under Norv Turner while Matt Cassel or whoever else starts and Bridgewater could develop into something dangerous.
I see all the characteristics necessary to be a good to great NFL quarterback in Bridgewater. He keeps his head up and looks downfield while moving around, and outside, the pocket. He’s accurate. He’s tough. He came into college as a running quarterback and worked hard to learn a pro-style offense that relied more on a traditional passing game. By all accounts, he lives, breathes and eats football. I think he’s one of the best players in the draft and I don’t get why there’s buzz about him falling down team’s draft boards. Shouldn’t NFL teams know by now that quarterbacks with Bridgewater’s skill set don’t come around very often?
I hope Bridgewater is gone by the time the Vikings pick at No. 8. Or I hope that the Vikings do what the Vikings typically do and make a mistake by not drafting him.——————
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .