Teddy Bridgewater Disappoints At Louisville's Pro Day
By Allen Kim
Teddy Bridgewater has long been projected as a virtual lock to be selected within the first five picks of the 2014 NFL Draft, but that may no longer be the case. His stock has been slipping with every passing week, and his chances of being selected by the Houston Texans with the No. 1 overall pick is completely up in the air.
At Louisville’s pro day today, Bridgewater had what many feel was a disappointing showing. He completed 57-of-65 passes, with two of his passes being dropped by receivers. Perhaps his decision to throw without gloves, which he has used throughout his college career, backfired on him a bit. He ran an unofficial 4.78 for the 40-yard-dash, and his hands were measured at 9 ¼ inches.
“I don’t see a lot of the transfer of getting the weight into his back foot and then being able to throw more with his body, as opposed to his arm,” Kurt Warner observed. “And that always affects your accuracy, especially in the NFL. Because you don’t throw in a perfect world, so you have to be able to throw without making much of a step or much movement with your body. Right now, he’s got a little too much movement with his body, bringing his feet through his arm.”
Bridgewater’s narrow frame and small hands have become a growing concern. However, Bridgewater still has a strong body of work, and depending on who you ask, he still looks like the most NFL-ready quarterback prospect in this year’s draft. People will now be carefully watching to see how Blake Bortles performs during UCF’s pro day in a few days.
“Me being a perfectionist, it was nowhere near where I wanted it to be,” said Bridgewater. “It’s a learning process. I was able to take away something from those throws and just tell myself that, ‘Hey, keep hitting the guy in the left shoulder.’ Or, ‘Keep hitting the guy in stride.’ But, overall, I just felt I had a great day.”
There were a number of coaches in attendance: Houston's Bill O'Brien, Jacksonville's Gus Bradley, Oakland's Dennis Allen, Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly and Tennessee’s Ken Whisenhunt all watched Bridgewater perform. Of that group, three of those teams all have picks in the top 5, and despite his less-than-stellar performance, he shouldn’t fall further than the Raiders at No. 5.