Teddy Bridgewater will not allow NFL personnel a closer glimpse at his mechanics, as the Louisville quarterback reportedly won't throw at the 2014 NFL combine.
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported the decision:
Late night whispers: just heard Teddy Bridgewater has decided not to throw at the #NFLCombine— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) February 22, 2014
Bridgewater later confirmed he wouldn't throw (via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal):
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater confirmed he won't throw at #NFLCombine. Said he will run, though.— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) February 22, 2014
It’s not surprising to hear that Bridgewater, one of the top quarterbacks in the upcoming draft class, will continue the trend of high-end prospects doing as little as possible in Indianapolis.
Instead of striving to impress potential employers, the Louisville signal-caller is keeping them in the dark, letting his reputation and body of work speak for itself.
Bridgewater joins fellow 2014 first-round hopefuls Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel as quarterbacks who will not throw in Indy. This trio joins the ranks of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Matt Barkley, who recently all elected not to throw during their respective combines.
UCF's Blake Bortles will be the only marquee quarterback working up a sweat and showing all he has to offer to a legion of onlookers and countless fans tuning in on television.
Bortles announced his intention to throw this past Tuesday via Twitter:
Dreamt about the combine since I was a kid! Fired up to compete in all aspects of it, especially throwing!— Blake Bortles (@BBortles5) February 18, 2014
Bridgewater was undecided on whether he would throw up until the last minute, but it seemed like he was leaning toward competing.
He told Jim Corbett of USA Today, "When the time comes, we're going to make that decision [to throw]. I'm willing to outwork anyone to prove why I should be that top guy."
The Cardinals product may not have earned many fans with this decision, but it shouldn't hurt his stock. He also has plenty of motivation to succeed, which he described when explaining his process to Corbett ahead of the combine:
I try to chase perfection as a competitor and playmaker. I consider myself an easygoing, humble guy because of life lessons learned watching my mom battle breast cancer.
That taught me to attack each day with purpose and give back because of all her sacrifices.
Is Bridgewater making the right decision here?
The 21-year-old is receiving heavy consideration as the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft from the Houston Texans. Even if they pass on him, it would be shocking if he falls out of the top 10, with the Jaguars, Browns, Raiders and Vikings all with picks, not to mention teams which could trade up.
Bridgewater has proven to be one of the premier talents in the class, though it will be interesting to see if Bortles passes him on draft boards if the Central Florida QB impresses in front of scouts.