Teddy to the Vikings at No. 32

The University of Louisville had three first round picks in the NFL Draft after the Minnesota Vikings moved up into the first round to select Teddy Bridgewater at No. 32. Calvin Pryor (No. 18) and Marcus Smith (No. 26) were also picked in the first round on Thursday night.

Former University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had to wait it out.

After going through the ups and downs of the pre-NFL Draft media drama, Bridgewater had to sit through the first round.

Bridgewater watched pick after pick and saw quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel go off the board. It appeared he would be headed to a team early in the second round.

And then the Minnesota Vikings made a trade with the Seattle Seahawks and selected Bridgewater with the final pick - No. 32 - of the first round at the Radio City Music Hall.

"It was a long night," Bridgewater said. "But that's OK, it was a great night for me and my family. It was a family event for us."

Bridgewater worked out several times for the Vikings, including for head coach Mike Zimmer in Minnesota recently.

"You know the thing I like most about him?" Zimmer asked. "He wins. He wins. Everywhere he goes he just wins."

Bridgewater will join a Vikings' team that already has one of the top weapons in the NFL - Adrian Peterson. He'll battle Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder, who are QBs on the roster.

"I feel Minnesota fits my style perfectly and wouldn't mind handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson," Bridgewater said. "I'm very thankful and blessed."

Bridgewater played three seasons at Louisville and left the school as one of the best players in school history.

The Miami native threw for 3,970 yards, 31 touchdowns and only four interceptions as a senior. He helped the Cardinals to the Sugar Bowl win as a sophomore and a win over Miami, Fla., in the Russell Athletic Bowl as a junior.

For his career, Bridgewater threw for 9,817 yards, third most in school history and also passed for 72 career touchdowns, which was also third in school history. He became the first quarterback in school history to be selected in the first round and is the highest selected quarterback since Browning Nagle was drafted No. 34 by the New York Jets in 1991.


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