NFL Draft Profile: Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater

NFL Draft Profile: Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater
April 18, 2014, 11:00 am
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Teddy Bridgewater (QB), Louisville 

6'2" | 214 lbs.

2013 stats:

71.0 CMP%, 3970 YDS, 31 TD, 4 INT 

Projection:

1st Round

What the scouts are saying:

"A calculated, football-smart, precision-matchup rhythm passer, Bridgewater would be best suited entering a warm-weather or dome environment such as those most common in the South divisions." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)

"Comes from a pro-style offense at Louisville, and was among the nation's leaders in all passing categories when facing blitzes. Naturally steps through his progressions, and keeps his eyes focused downfield with defenders closing in on him. Can manipulate the defense with his eyes." (Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com)

"Bridgewater should go in the top 10 given his pocket-passing ability. He just isn't the elite quarterback prospect some have made him out to be. If Bridgewater lands in a nice spot with good coaching and talent around him, he could turn into a quality starting quarterback in the NFL. "(WalterFootball.com)

Fit for the Bears:

Jay Cutler is entrenched as the long-term solution in Chicago after signing a massive contract this offseason. But after Cutler, the Bears roster is filled with question marks at the position. Jordan Palmer is currently No. 2 on Chicago's depth chart and Jerrod Johnson was signed to a futures contract in December. The Bears eventually need to establish an heir apparent behind Cutler, and general manager may end up doing so at some point in May's draft. Teddy Bridgewater's game is best suited for a dome/warm weather team, according to most scouts. And with the Bears needing to shore up their defense early in the draft, and Bridgewater likely not lasting any later than the early second-round, the chances of him ending up in Chicago are slim to none. 

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