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Heading into the 2013 season and throughout the beginning of the 2014 offseason, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater was looked at as one of, if not the best quarterback heading into the 2014 NFL draft.
During his final season in Louisville, Bridgewater completed 71 percent of his passes. He threw 31 touchdowns and only four interceptions, yet some feel his size may wind up being the biggest knock against him.
Listed at 6'3", Bridgewater weighed in at 208 pounds at his pro day in March, which was six pounds lighter than what he weighed at the NFL Scouting Combine in February (via CBSSports.com).
According to CBSSports.com, Bridgewater said he'd be 220-225 pounds by the time he reports to training camp. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller is not hung up on Bridgewater's size, tweeting:
Along with his size, another reason why teams may be scared off is because of his shaky pro day in March. According to Mike Mayock (via SI.com), he thought that Bridgewater's pro day was “very average at best."
Bridgewater shook off the reports of his shaky pro day in the days following his workout, telling the NFL Network (via SI.com):
I just pay no attention to it. Keep my head down, stay focused on what I have to work on. If something is being said in a negative way about me, I use it as growth, I learn from it. If it’s something being said positive about me, I still can learn from it. I’m just on a mission to be the best player that I can be, so I keep my head down and just keep moving forward.
Despite the weight concerns and his pro day, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller and Michael Schottey both believe he should be the No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Texans in May. Despite the tools that Bridgewater possesses, the NFL still lives in the "what have you done for me lately" world, and his shaky pro day may be enough to see him drop.
Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel are both riding momentum heading into the draft and could be the first two quarterbacks taken. With the Oakland Raiders trading for Matt Schaub and the New York Jets signing Michael Vick, there is a higher probability that neither team will use a first-round pick on a quarterback.
Minnesota and Tennessee could still be landing spots for Bridgewater, but considering the talent on the defensive side of the football that will be available, he could still be available at No. 20 when the Arizona Cardinals pick, and he could cement himself as the team's starter for many years to come.