Height: 6'2.75", Weight: 208 lbs
Strengths: Teddy is one of the most polished and accurate QBs in this draft. He shows a maturity on and off the field unbefitting of his age. He has the quickness to be an effective runner, but much prefers to pass. He's nimble both in and outside of the pocket (not RGIII-quick outside the pocket, but still) and his experience running a pro-style offense, complete with pre-snap reads and adjustments, will surely benefit him, especially early-on at the next level. Teddy has a knack for feeling pressure in the pocket and avoiding it, all while keeping his eyes downfield. He's probably the best QB in this class with regards to his ability against the blitz. While he excels in the pocket, Bridgewater is also a top-notch passer on the run.
Weaknesses: A low release point and durability concerns are the primary issues working against Bridgewater. While he's not incredibly short, he's not very tall for an NFL QB either. That, coupled with his low release point (right around ear height), could lead to a high number of batted passes. Additionally, his slight frame and the amount of big hits he's taken in college lead some to speculate that he may not hold up for a prolonged career in the NFL.
Bottom Line: Teddy would most likely have been the top QB taken had he entered the 2013 NFL Draft. He does an excellent job not locking on to receivers and looking off defenders. He's had no off-the-field issues and is well-regarded as an excellent young man who is mature beyond his years. The maturity combined with his desire to pass-first, run-second reminds some of Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson. He'll be an immediate starter from day one in the NFL and by all accounts has the makings of a "Franchise QB."
Notable: Teddy's hometown is Miami, FL and he came very close to going to "The U." He was also the first true Freshman to start at QB for Louisville since 1976 (Stu Stram).
Sugar Bowl Champion and MVP (2013), Big East Offensive Player of the Year (2012), Freshman All-American and Big East Rookie of the Year (2011)
Player Comparison: A taller Russell Wilson (or a smaller Andrew Luck)
Projected Round: 1 (probably top five and possibly #1 overall)
Team(s) He Fits Best On: Texans, Jaguars, Raiders, Vikings, or Jets
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