"After discussing all the options with my family and the coaching staff, I have decided to forgo my senior season and declare for the NFL Draft," Bridgewater said in a statement. "This was an extremely difficult decision for me. I can't express how much my time at Louisville has meant to me. These past three years have allowed me to mature as a person and leave the university as better person and with my degree in hand, which was one of my goals.”
Bridgewater won 27 games in his three seasons as the starting quarterback including back-to-back bowl wins against Florida based schools, Miami in this season’s Russell Athletic Bowl and Florida in the Sugar Bowl last year. This season alone, he recorded seven 300-yard passing games. Last Saturday, Bridgewater torched the Miami Hurricanes for 447 passing yards and three touchdowns in route to a 36-9 blowout win.
The Miami, FL native is easily the most pro-ready quarterback in college football. Bridgewater does need to bulk up some since he’s listed at 6’3” 196 pounds and he is legitimately that size. He needs to add on about 20 to 25 pounds and an NFL weight room should help with that.
Bridgewater is not a dual-threat quarterback, but he does have great mobility and works well as a pocket passer. He is a good decision maker and is capable of making audibles at the line from various formations. Bridgewater is familiar with pro sets and multiple formations from the I-form to the pistol. He also throws a beautiful deep ball on fly and corner routes as well as plenty of zip on his underneath passes. It is important to note as well that he is a calm character on the field and at the podium which is a necessary characteristic for an NFL quarterback.
Look for Teddy to go as the top pick or near the top of the 2014 NFL Draft. Wherever he goes, it should be fun to watch him play on Sundays.
Teddy Bridgewater Career Statistics
27 wins as a starter
9,817 passing yards
72 passing touchdowns
6 rushing touchdowns
68.3 completion percent
24 interceptions in 1,142 pass attempts