Introducing prospect number one, in no particular order....
1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Teddy Bridgewater is the model of a blue chip quarterbacking prospect. He has punished defenses at every level that he’s played on, and possesses all of the prototypical NFL traits: size, field vision, arm speed, and mobility in the pocket. Despite having the speed to scramble when the pocket collapses, Bridgewater tends to survey the field and make plays with his arm instead of his feet.
Bridgewater was originally ticketed for the University of Miami after getting spurned by LSU, but changed his commitment when the coach was fired to head to Louisville. His professional development has been excellent, but his only problem may be that by attending UL, he has not had the same chance to perform on the national stage that he may have at a bigger program. Scouts will see the easy release and spin he puts on his passes and be forget all about that, however.
QB's setting their feet and throwing accurately before a big hit is a difficult skill to teach supremely athletic young men, and Bridgewater seems to have made a point of honing this part of his craft. Bridgewater is currently a junior that made all of the right moves in his sophomore season. His signature win last season was in the UL bowl game against a VERY talented Florida squad that prided itself on defense. Flroida ended the season 5th in the NATION in total defense, and Teddy absolutely eviscerated them defense. (going 20/32 for 266 yds (62.5%) and 2 TD passes) The stats can sometimes be deceiving, but the film is not.
Teddy's stats, to date.
The exciting part of Bridgewater’s future is that he has room to grow into a more capable player. Every year of high school and college has seen a significant improvement in his game, with his current season offering no deviations from the trend. Even in losses, TB is composed and calm and exhibits the leadership you want to see from the field general. Bridgewater has some eye-popping numbers on 3rd and 4th downs.
|3rd Down, 1-3 To Go||10||21||15||71.4||195||3||0||196.57||39||13||6||2|
|3rd Down, 4-6 To Go||7||24||21||87.5||327||6||0||284.45||40||20||8||4|
|3rd Down, 7-9 To Go||9||19||10||52.6||159||1||0||140.29||33||10||4||2|
|3rd Down, 10+ To Go||10||36||20||55.6||247||1||1||116.80||31||10||5||2|