Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was long considered a lock to be a top five selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. For months Bridgewater and South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney battled it out for the top spot in most mock drafts. But as we’ve gotten closer to draft day, the Louisville signal-caller’s stock has sunk like a stone. And if you watch tape on him, it’s not hard to understand why.
While I do see why Bridgewater’s stock is falling, let me preface this post by also saying that I’m not as low on him as some people. I still think he’s far more NFL-ready than both Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel. But I certainly get why some scouts are souring on Bridgewater. Heck, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper knocked Bridgewater out of the first round of his most recent mock draft.
After watching hours of tape on him, Bridgewater’s flaws stand out pretty starkly. He’s not the complete passer we thought he was several months ago. The following slides will detail why his stock has fallen, then provide some of the positives as to why he shouldn’t fall as far as some are predicting.