Draft Evaulation: Teddy Bridgewater

Matt Cloud breaks down one of the draft's top quarterback prospects, Teddy Bridgewater.

Teddy Bridgewater

6' 3" 196- Junior

2013 Accuracy Chart:

5 Games vs: Florida 12' / Eastern KY / Kentucky / Miami, FL / UCONN

Throw Type

Throws Left

Throws Middle

Throws Right

Passes 20+ yards

3 for 12 -

2 TD's

4 for 5 -


8 for 16 - 3 TD's


(1 drop)

Passes 11-19 yards

5 for 8

7 for 8

9 for 14 - 2 TD's

(2 drops)

Passes 0-10 yards

19 for 32


(4 drops)

19 for 27

5 drops

30 for 41


5 Drops

Passes Behind the Line of Scrimmage

6 for 6

1 for 1

4 for 4

Anticipation - Grade = 6

For the most part, Bridgewater gets through his progressions pretty quick & will have the ball on his WR at the time his head is turning coming out of his break. One issue I see with Teddy B is unlike Manziel, he doesn't have the ability to put the ball in spots where only his receiver can make a play on it. He tries, yet comes up a bit off most times. My opinion: I believe he has relied on Parkers playmaking ability for too long & gets away with some bad throws because Parker bails him out.

Vision - Grade = 9

Makes good reads, goes through his progressions while keeping his head downfield to hold the Safety. Hits various targets in a consistent manner, though there is no doubt he loves D Parker!

Mechanics - Grade = 10

Good spin on his passes, compact throwing motion. follows through consistently, and drives through his passes. Does very well with changing speeds, though sometimes he will throw at the wrong speed. For instance, on his deep sideline passes, TB will often put too much "touch" on the pass causing him to underthrow the intended target. Excellent footwork, slides & shuffles in the pocket better than most. Has a fairly consistent release point.

Leadership - Grade = 10

Since he walked on the field as a Freshman vs. Kentucky, his teammates has trusted him. His leadership qualities are very evident when watching Louisville Football.

Decision Making - Grade = 10

12 INT's over a 26 Game span. Need there be more said about his decision making?

Mobility - Grade = 9

Very mobile & light on his feet. Picks up good chunks of yards during designed run/read option plays. Does extremely well, in comparison to others, of making run the last option following him going through his progressions.

Clutch - Grade = 10

In 2012, Louisville won 6 games by a TD or less. Unfortunately, that is as clutch as it gets as far as games go, with the exception of beating the Gators in the Bowl Game. I say that because he blew out all but 2 opponents in 13'. On the field, he connects on crucial plays, puts the ball on the money on 3rd down plays, & puts his body on the line to move the chains. He hasn't had as many opportunities as some others for game changing scenarios, but he has been clutch in the ones he was afforded and has been clutch on the field.

Pocket Presence - Grade = 10

Does a masterful job in the pocket of feeling pressure & escaping when necessary. Slides well, steps up to avoid a rush, and can elude a pass rush similar to the way Manziel does. I see a lot more poise and a real feel for the pocket from Bridgewater compared to the class.

GRADE = 75 of 80

PROJECTION = Top 15 Selection

SCHEME SPECIFIC = Should be fine in any scheme

Most likely destination(s): Cleveland (4)/Minnesota (8)/Arizona (20)

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