Dec 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) rushes into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of the Russell Athletic Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Teddy Bridgewater declares for NFL Draft

Potential No. 1 overall draft pick Teddy Bridgewater announced Wednesday he’ll forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Louisville quarterback is on the radar of the Houston texans as they could be in the market for a quarterback in this draft, as they have the No. 1 overall pick, after finishing the 2013 NFL season with a 2-14 overall record.

Bridgewater, who already has his college degree, tweeted New Year’s Day:

Louisville released a statement saying:

“After discussing all the options with my family and the coaching staff, I have decided to forgo my senior season and declare for the NFL Draft. This was an extremely difficult decision for me. I can’t express how much my time at Louisville has meant to me.”

This is a smart decision by Bridgewater, who led the Cardinals to a 12-1 record this season, as his stock has never been higher and he has a real possibility to become the next No. 1 overall selection by the Texans. The Texans have previously selected at the No. 1 spot on two other occasions by drafting David Carr (’02) and Mario Williams (’06).

After watching Bridgewater in his final collegiate game against the Miami Hurricane in the Russell Athletic Bowl, he showed the nation why he is deserving of being the top-rated quarterback in the draft.

Bridgewater led Louisville to a 36-9 in the bowl game where he finished with 447 yards passing and three passing touchdowns and one rushing score. He also threw zero interceptions.

I know there are other QBs in this draft the Texans need to take a close look at, but Bridgewater could be the right guy for Bill O’Brien and the Texans, as O’Brien is expected to named the next head coach of the Texans on Saturday. O’Brien coached Penn State the past two seasons, and before that was the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.

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