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