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Teddy Bridgewater | Quarterback

Team: Louisville Cardinals
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205

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ESPN's Trent Dilfer described Teddy Bridgewater's draft fall by describing him as a Prius.
"If the NFL treated quarterbacks like cars, everyone would have a luxury SUV," Dilfer said. "They want somebody who's like a Range Rover or an Escalade, something with plenty of bells and whistles and a lot of dimensions. The problem is that you're seeing less of that in the draft. In this class, you had some F-150s -- which is an AJ McCarron or an Aaron Murray. You had a Subaru, which is Derek Carr. A guy like Teddy Bridgewater would be a Prius. It's not a flashy car, but it gets you from Point A to Point B. But until people fully understand that, evaluating quarterbacks will be even less of an exact science." This is a nuanced take from the thoughtful Dilfer. Bridgewater's poor pro day and mediocre measurables were cited as the reasons for his drop down boards. In the minds of NFL evaluators, this combination stripped from Teddy B the sex appeal he'd possessed during the season. Thu, May 15, 2014 09:42:00 PM

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Teddy Bridgewater said on the Dan Patrick Show he didn't want to play for the Browns.

Shots fired. "I actually told my agent that that’s not the place where I wanted to be," Bridgewater said of Cleveland. "Throughout this entire process, I felt comfortable with the Minnesota Vikings. From every visit I had with the team, it was a family environment, the players are great guys, a great group of guys, so I felt comfortable wanting to play here." There's all sorts of intrigue here we'll never get to the bottom of. Cleveland reportedly commissioned a $100,000 analytical study that revealed Bridgewater was the best QB in this year’s draft class, and ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reported after the draft that team owner Jimmy Haslam changed Bridgewater's name to Johnny Manziel with 10 seconds left on the clock at No. 22. Truth? Conspiracy? We'll never know, though it's interesting that Teddy B is specifically bitter towards the Browns when the entire league collectively decided to ignore his stellar game film over the weekend. Bridgewater went No. 32.
Tue, May 13, 2014 07:55:00 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine emphatically denied a report that the draft card that became the selection of Johnny Manziel originally had Teddy Bridgewater's name on it.

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reported a source told him team owner Jimmy Haslam changed Bridgewater's name to Manziel with 10 seconds left on the clock. "That is not true," said Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert. "I was in the draft room. That didn't happen." Pettine called the report "beyond laughable," and GM Ray Farmer told the media that Haslam didn't influence the draft process. Former Rotoworld NFL maven Gregg Rosenthal opined: "The relationship between the Browns media and team sometimes seems uncomfortably close, careening between overly positive to pained, which is the other side of homerism. It is in this atmosphere that wild conspiracy theories are created."
Mon, May 12, 2014 10:15:00 PM

Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings said No. 32 pick Teddy Bridgewater was a better fit for the team than Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.

"I just didn't think that... Manziel fit what we were trying to get done, personality-wise," Jennings said. The veteran receiver said he didn't think the Vikings would take Manziel, "just because I know the personality of Coach [Mike] Zimmer." Perhaps Jennings didn't see Bob Holtzman's report that Manziel was Minnesota's top-ranked quarterback. After striking out on trade possibilities to land Johnny Football, Minnesota focused on securing a deal to get Bridgewater. "What I know about him is, he's a hard worker, he's a smart kid and he wants to get better," Jennings said. "Just that alone, it makes you want to work with someone."
Fri, May 9, 2014 11:39:00 PM

The Vikings diagnosed No. 32 pick Teddy Bridgewater with an abnormal heartbeat during pre-draft physicals, but both parties believe it's a minor concern.

The prospect told the media that the Vikings were the only team to discover the ailment, and it obviously didn't affect their desire for him. Bridgewater will give Matt Cassel all he can handle in the race to be Adrian Peterson's frontman in training camp. Vikings GM Rick Spielman was able to tack a fifth-year team option onto Bridgewater's first contract because he was selected in the first round. If Bridgewater pans out, that option will be very valuable indeed. And if he doesn't, Spielman's successor will select Minnesota's next QB.
Fri, May 9, 2014 01:09:00 AM

Vikings selected Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

With the quarterback-needy Texans holding the first pick of Round 2, the Vikings traded their second- and fourth-round picks to get back into the first round. Bridgewater (6-foot-2, 214) went 27-8 as a three-year starter, completing 68.4% of his throws for 9,817 yards (8.04 YPA) and a 72:24 TD-to-INT ratio. He's a pure pocket passer despite respectable 4.78 speed. A precision thrower in the short to intermediate passing game, Bridgewater remains a work in progress as a deep thrower. He is ready to compete with Matt Cassel to start in the NFL after controlling the line of scrimmage in Louisville's complex, pro-style offense. Arguably most importantly, he is comfortable making throws in a muddied pocket. NFL teams' concerns were with Bridgewater's slight build -- his weight dipped into the 180s last season -- below-average hand size (9 1/4"), and mediocre arm.
Thu, May 8, 2014 11:49:00 PM

Browns GM Ray Farmer is "enamored" with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater and "will strongly consider him at No. 26," according to Wednesday's Cleveland Plain Dealer.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported later in the day that Cleveland commissioned an "expensive and thorough analytics study" that "ultimately pointed to" Bridgewater showing the "best success rate" of the QB class. Farmer's "infatuation" -- Mary Kay Cabot's words -- with Bridgewater began in the fall. "In fact, the Browns have looked into trading up from No. 26 to land Bridgewater if they need to," Cabot wrote. Cleveland will be on the lookout for a signal-caller late in Round 1 after Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported they won't draft Johnny Manziel. Cabot says Cleveland's options at No. 4 are down to Greg Robinson, Sammy Watkins, Khalil Mack, Jake Matthews or a trade out of the pick.
Wed, May 7, 2014 11:10:00 PM

Optimum Scouting's Erik Galko believes that there is still "an outside chance" that Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater is the first QB taken.

"If the Browns seriously don't want Johnny Manziel, then there's still an outside chance Teddy Bridgewater is the first QB taken," Galko tweeted. It's also been rumored that if the Browns pass on a quarterback at No.4, then Bridgewater could possibly be targeted with the No.26 pick, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapopport. Either way, Head coach Mike Pettine has been high on Bridgewater, calling the Louisville prospect "a guy that's NFL-ready."
Wed, May 7, 2014 02:43:00 PM

Cleveland scouts "like" Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and the team could use the No. 26 selection on him.

"If Browns go QB-less at No. 4 and Teddy Bridgewater is waiting there at No. 26, don’t be surprised if Cleveland grabs him," rhapsodized Rap Sheet. Many believe Cleveland is targeting Johnny Manziel at No. 4, but it's far from certain that the Aggies' star will be available. If he isn't, the Browns are expected to take Sammie Watkins or Khalil Mack, with Bridgewater and Fresno State's Derek Carr looming later in the stanza.
Mon, May 5, 2014 10:42:00 PM

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater is "in discussion" for the Bengals as a "fallback option" at No. 24 overall, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Mort notes Cincinnati's pressing needs at DL and CB, but believes the club may be motivated to ignore both until Day 2 if Bridgewater freefalls. Odds are that more than one organization picking late in Round 1 is having this conversation as we speak. The Bengals have tipped their hands a bit by not offering Andy Dalton a long-term deal. Because the team is built to compete, it would be a slight surprise if they tabbed a QB in Round 1, but it wouldn't shock.
Sat, May 3, 2014 06:44:00 PM

Mike Florio of reported Friday that many around the NFL believe Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater "simply lacks the attributes necessary" to become a starter in the league."

Here are the concerns: Teddy B is the owner of smallish hands, a less-than-ideal frame that dropped below 190 pounds last season, non-freakish athleticism and an arm that's decent but no cannon. "He’s also viewed by some as a player who won’t take control of an offense," Florio wrote. That last criticism absolutely wasn't made prior to Bridgewater's pro day. What we have here is a very promising QB prospect who proved it on the field, possesses so-so measureables, and had an awful scout exhibition which not only caused many NFL decision makers to focus on the measuring tape as opposed to the game tape, but also caused them to infer he isn't mentally tough because he didn't succeed in the easiest venue imaginable.
Fri, May 2, 2014 10:58:00 PM

In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's poll of 17 NFL personnel men, only two named Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater the best QB prospect in the draft.

That's not great news, but the scouts' quotes were mostly positive, suggesting that they may be gun shy due solely to Teddy's infamous pro day workout. "He's not an elite talent but he's got a good enough arm, he's a good enough athlete and he's a leader," one scout said. "The big thing is his intangibles. He wins. He's clutch." Said another: "He's legit tough. Smart enough kid (Wonderlic of 20). I see him kind of like Geno Smith. I don't know if he's any better athlete than Geno but he's a little stronger character kid. To win, he'll have to have a good supporting cast." Of course, the newspaper found one scout who wanted to discuss the pro day: "It was the workout heard 'round the world. It looked awful. It's almost impossible to have a bad workout. It's scripted, it's inside, it's on air with your receivers. It's like you and me playing pitch and catch when we were kids." Bridgewater finished fourth in the QB poll.
Fri, May 2, 2014 10:00:00 PM

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater concedes that he had an awful Pro Day, but said his film "speaks volumes."

"Put on the game tape," Bridgewater said. "I’m out there making reads, going through progressions, redirection protection, signaling hot routes, getting the offense in and out of the right play. Looking at those things, I think those things outweigh the Pro Day." When ESPN's Trey Wingo asked what is causing his stock to drop, Bridgewater answered, "It’s simple: The Pro Day." That's interesting because Bridgewater could collect a tax-free $5 million if he doesn't get picked in the first round and can prove it was due to injury or illness. It appears that he'll concede that insurance policy to honesty. We think he'll be a steal.
Thu, May 1, 2014 11:31:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter called the Vikings "a team to watch" for Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater on a Thursday edition of SportsCenter.

The ace report doesn't necessarily believe Minnesota will draft Bridgewater with No. 8 overall selection, but instead thinks the Vikings could trade back into the first round to stop a potential Bridgewater slide. The Vikings have done that a few times recently with great effect: Both Cordarrelle Patterson and Harrison Smith came in the late first via trade-ups. Schefter added that NFL teams never viewed Teddy B as a truly elite prospect "behind closed doors."
Thu, May 1, 2014 11:01:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Curtis Conway believes Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater will be the draft's best value if he slips to the second round.

"If Teddy Bridgewater ends up in the second round, you're talking about a bargain," Conway said on "Path to the Draft." "He will definitely be the best bargain in this draft." Fellow analyst Daniel Jeremiah, who, after further tape work, kept Bridgewater as the No. 1 QB and No. 11 overall player in the draft, agreed. If you are a regular reader, you know that we do too. "We're talking about the number one quarterback in this draft before his pro day -- all of a sudden, after his pro day he's starting to decline gradually," Conway added. "When I turn that film on, this is the most pro-ready guy of all these quarterbacks."
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 11:05:00 PM