Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) scrambles out of the pocket and throws a pass for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Projected Round: First Round
In December, Teddy Bridgewater seems to be set to become the next draft choice of the Houston Texans when the 2014 NFL Draft takes place in May 2014, and for good reason.
He’s not just the No. 1 overall ranked quarterback in the draft, but he’s also the No. 1 ranked player, ahead of such standouts as Jadeveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina) and Jake Matthews (OT, Texas A&M) who are the second- and third-ranked overall players.
His strengths are listed in showing “very good weight distribution and passing mechanics,” according to his profile on CBS. Another strength listed is:
“Quick and efficient movements in his technique and does an excellent job with fakes, selling and focusing on the details. He is poised and with very good footwork in the pocket.”
With the current offensive weapons the Texans have in running back Arian Foster, wide receivers Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins and tight ends Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham, all the Texans need in the skill position is a quarterback that can give those players the best chance to succeed.
The Texans will have to work out some kinks in their offensive line, but I believe Bridgewater is the best choice if they are going to select a QB in this draft.
Dane Brugler also wrote in this analysis of Bridgewater that Bridgewater “compares to a taller Russell Wilson.”
If Houston does hold onto this No. 1 pick, which I think they will, I don’t see how they can pass on Bridgewater.