LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 23: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals throws the ball during the game against the Memphis Tigers at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
If there’s one draft-eligible football player who really hates the extra two-weeks of scrutiny due to the delayed NFL Draft, it’s probably former Miami Northwestern High School quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Just a few months ago, Bridgewater was predicted by some to be the top overall pick. The Louisville quarterback put up stellar numbers while with the Cardinals. He threw 69 touchdown passes to just 24 interceptions in his career, including last season when he threw 28 TD’s to just 4 interceptions.
Still, Bridgewater’s stock has been plummeting for the past few weeks. The one-time projected top pick is now being mentioned as falling out of the first round completely. Several mock drafts have projected Bridgewater being available when the Texans go on the clock on the second day of the draft.
According to most scouts, Bridgewater’s problems come from a lack of arm strength. Bridgewater has good accuracy, but after a bad pro day, his arm strength has come under heavy scrutiny.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said he is perplexed by Bridgewater because when he watches him on tape, he likes the quarterback on the field. However, when Mayock saw Bridgewater throw live, he didn’t like anything about it.
Bridgewater has quarterbacked some great teams at Miami Northwestern and helped take the Cardinals to a Sugar Bowl win over the Florida Gators. Still, most analysts believe Bridgewater’s stock will tumble on draft day.
That said…it only takes one club to fall in love with a player. Bridgewater and his fans around South Florida hope that team makes its move next Thursday night.