Who will the Houston Texans draft at QB?

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Dec 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) celebrates after the Russell Athletic Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

Bridgewater is the No. 1 rated quarterback on the CBS board and for very good reason. The 6-3, 205-pound QB declared for the draft on New Year’s Day.

The junior QB has moved up as the No. 3 overall rated player as for most of the season he was between the fifth- through eighth-rated player.

In his final collegiate game in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Louisville won because of Bridgewater. He finished his final game against the Miami Hurricane 35-of-45 for 447 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He also had a rushing score in the bowl game.

He wrapped up his three-year collegiate career (38 games) with 9,370 yards, 69 interceptions and 24 interceptions.

My favorite stat about Bridgewater is his interception rate. He had half of his interceptions his freshman season, so we’ll throw those out because he was 18 years old.

His sophomore and junior seasons are what I’m focusing on. In 25 games those two seasons, he combined for 12 interceptions with just four this past season, and he had 55 touchdowns.

As for Bridgewater’s NFL abilities … what really helps is he played in a pro-style offense under Charlie Strong, and according to Rob Rang of CBS, “(Bridgewater) was among the nation’s leaders in all passing categories when facing blitzes.”

That is something to really keep an eye on because he’ll be sure to see blitzes in the NFL, and for the Texans, their o-line allowed a total of 42 sacks in 2013 with varying styles of QBs with Schaub sacked 21 times, Keenum sacked 19 times and T.J. Yates sacked twice.

Bridgewater has been compared to Russell Wilson, but he’s taller than the current Seattle Seahawks quarterback, who was drafted in the third round in 2012.

Rang writes:

“Bridgewater, who is a similar prospect as Wilson (smart, athletic, mature, accurate) except he is taller with more prototypical height for the NFL.”

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  • RandyMeisner

    Nice, unbiased article. Those sold on Bridgewater just need to look at 2 things – his competition (he played against no one) and how he reacted to blitzes. First off, none of the CB’s he played against will start in the NFL. Second, watch film on him when being blitzed and he panics, still makes the throws but against UConn like competition. He’s the next David Carr

  • RandyMeisner

    Bortles is a second round pick that will be taken by someone trying to see what isn’t there. Compares to a Kyle Boller. Plenty of potential but needs a lot of grooming from a true QB coach.

  • RandyMeisner

    Manziel…QB coach gets a gem. Plenty of progress was made this year in his mechanics. Makes his reads/progressions, then scrambles. His vision/competitiveness is truly unmatched. He has deceptive field speed and arm strength. Old school: compares to Fran Tarkenton/Steve Young.

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