2014 NFL Draft: Teddy Bridgewater Scouting Report

Teddy Bridgewater Scouting Report

Louisville, QB
Height: 6.3
Weight: 218
40yd:
Age: 21

Stats

Year

G

Yds

TD

INT

Cmp%

Att

Yd

TD

2011

13

2,129

14

12

64.5

89

66

4

2012

13

3,718

27

8

68.5

74

26

1

2013

13

3,970

31

4

71.0

63

78

1

Arm: B+

Does not have an elite arm, but can still throw the football 40-50+ yards. Gets very good velocity on his throws and generally throws a very tight catchable ball. Fairly quick release. As his body matures and gains muscle, his arm should also improve.

Accuracy: A

Has exceptional accuracy as a passer. On a similar level as Sam Bradford coming out of Oklahoma, one of the most accurate passers of the past five draft classes. Has excellent anticipation and ball placement, able to put the ball where receivers can catch it in stride and make a play after the catch. Appears too cautious when throwing the deep ball, and will routinely overthrow his receiver when a defender is near his man. Has excellent touch on throws to all levels of the field, and is immaculate throwing fades and back shoulder throws.

Athleticism: B

Shows very good acceleration to take off when the situation requires. Is a north-south runner and knows his role is as a QB, not a RB. Looks very awkward sliding and diving, and will need to work on that in order to avoid injury. Has a very lean build and is not a guy you want taking a lot of contact. Very mobile within the pocket, able to buy time and navigate passing windows. When rolling out to his right, is just as good as when throwing from the pocket.

Intangibles: A

Has the best mental makeup of any QB in this draft class. Excellent at reading the defense and making plays. Is a sound decision-maker who takes care of the football. Only shows occasional lapses and questionable decisions, far less than any other QB studied this year. Very convincing play-action fake. Hard-working and intelligent by all accounts. Played in a relatively weak conference. Showed poise and confidence in the few big games he played in. Elevates the play of his teammates.

Red Flags: Minor Durability Concerns, Frame

Bottom Line: While Bridgewater does not have the impressive physical skillset like the fast risers of this draft class (i.e. Blake Bortles), more importantly he is already a great football player, who still has room to improve. Bridgewater is still very young and will get stronger and sturdier, where others likely will not. He has so many traits that cannot be taught and does the one thing that separates the good from the great: making those around him better. Is scheme versatile but is a textbook example of a West Coast passer. Should be a perennial Pro Bowler, if not All-Pro. As good a prospect as Robert Griffin III, but should have an even better career.

Comparison: Aaron Rodgers

Grade: 9.8 (Top 5 Pick)                                                                              

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