One of the most beloved players to ever put on a Louisville Cardinals uniform Teddy Bridgewater is officially in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings traded up to pick the 6’3″ QB to end the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Louisville had three first round draft pick with Bridgewater, Marcus Smith and Calvin Pryor.
Bridgewater loved each meeting with the Vikings he had before the draft. The Miami, Fla. native had almost 4,000 yards as a junior and 31 touchdowns passes.
He was really analyzed due to a bad pro day at Louisville. But Teddy has shown he has a high IQ and he is a winner.
Terrific competitor. Extremely driven to succeed. Well-prepared and confident in his approach. Operated a progression-read offense where he is asked to scan the whole field and help steer protections. Footwork is very clean and in rhythm — throws on balance with sound mechanics, a fluid delivery and smooth stroke. Very good timing, touch and anticipation throws receivers open. Is patient working through his reads and will step up in the pocket. Sells play-action hard and takes what the defense gives him. Poised in the face of the blitz and often anticipates it coming. Is very mentally and physically tough played through a broken left wrist with a sprained ankle in what was essentially the 2012 Big East championship game, coming off the bench to captain the Cardinals to a come-from-behind victory. Is a student of the game with a very good understanding of football concepts. Plays like a coach on the field, knows the responsibilities of everyone on the field and can get teammates lined up correctly. Makes few mental errors. Consistently moves the chains and comes through in the clutch. Is given a lot of autonomy to make pre-snap reads and adjustments at the line of scrimmage and understands how to exploit defenses. Meticulous in his preparation. Identifies with the game and really works at his craft. Smart, determined and focused. Showed gradual improvement every season. Is only 21 years old — very mature for his age and can see the big picture. Football is extremely important to him. Highly respected, unselfish team leader. Rises to the occasion on big stages.
Here is Bridgewater and his mom dancing on the red carpet before the draft.
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