It came as somewhat of a surprise when Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater opted out of most of the drills at the combine late last month.
Bridgewater, who was widely viewed as one of the possible No. 1 picks prior to the combine, only participated in the broad jump and the 20-yard shuttle, instead opting to do the rest of his workout at his pro say on March 17.
It came as no shock that he eschewed throwing at the combine. Many top prospects do not, but after he showing up having gained some weight, it was disappointing note to see him at least run the 40-yard dash.
Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage addressed the concerns of Bridgewater not participating much at the combine, telling NFL.com's Chase Goodbread:
That will be almost required at his pro day, that he finishes the rest of the (combine) workout. Every player basically has what I call an inventory sheet. And these teams are looking to fill in every blank on that sheet. Whether it's character questions (answered) through the platform of an interview, the 40-yard dash, the 20-yard shuttle, whatever. They want you to fill out a full resume. Bridgewater will end up running the 40 and doing the other drills he missed, then do his (throwing) workout.
Bridgewater addressed the issue on why he did not throw at the combine, telling the media in his press conference, "I will throw at my pro day. The biggest thing was just me being a perfectionist, I just want everything to go right."
He will get that chance on March 17 to further solidify his draft stock. While many know how accurate he can be with the football, his ability to show that he can run a quick 40-yard dash with his added weight may be the key to him locking down the No. 1 overall pick.