Louisville Cardinals star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was excellent in his Bowl Game, and he followed up his breakout 2012 campaign with a solid 2013 season. Bridgewater is the top quarterback prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft, and it would be a surprise if someone other than Bridgewater was taken with the first pick in the draft. There have been some doubts that Bridgewater would declare for the draft, but the expectation has always been that Bridgewater would declare this year; he’s the top prospect at the position and has absolutely nothing left to prove to scouts.
Per a source close to EPSN’s Brett McMurphy, Bridgewater has decided to declare for the draft, and this officially ends some of the speculation from those who weren’t sure if he would declare. The only concern at this point against Bridgewater is his frame, and this is a rather ridiculous concern. While he has the athleticism to run with the football, he is very much a pocket passer and is smart enough with running that we don’t need to worry about his ability to hold up due to size.
Bridgwater has the best vision of any quarterback in this draft class, as he does a great job of spotting the open man. He’s also the most accurate QB in the class and has more than sufficient physical tools. This is a guy who is capable of making big plays, and he’s also capable of playing a controlled, efficient game and take care of the football. There isn’t much bust potential, but there’s more than enough upside.
The Houston Texans have hired Bill O’Brien as their new head coach, and I would be surprised if Teddy Bridgewater wasn’t their next quarterback.