Bridgewater not a lock for top eight
March, 17, 2014
By Todd McShay | ESPN.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Whenever I’m asked to evaluate a quarterback’s pro day performance, I remind people that the most impressive QB pro day I ever attended -- by far -- was that of JaMarcus Russell. And I also remind them that I left Matt Ryan’s pro day mildly underwhelmed with his performance. In other words, a QB’s pro day should be considered as a very small percentage of his entire evaluation for the draft.
That said, I was underwhelmed coming away from Teddy Bridgewater’s pro day workout on Monday -- more so than I was after Ryan’s. He was surprisingly inefficient and erratic throwing the football, seeing as he's the most accurate QB in this class that I’ve studied on tape, and by weighing in at 208 pounds -- down from the 214 he weighed at the NFL scouting combine -- he did nothing to ease the concerns of teams worried about his long-term durability due to his lean frame.
What does this mean for Bridgewater’s draft stock and where he could land in the 2014 draft? Let's go point by point with our biggest takeaways from his pro day performance.
Teams were looking for a ‘wow’ moment from Bridgewater -- and he didn’t provide one
Here's what we knew coming into the day: Bridgewater has great game experience in a pro-style offense. He was handed the keys to the Louisville offense and executed pre-snap adjustments extremely well. Based off of his pre-snap and initial post-snap reads, Bridgewater knew where he wanted to go with the ball at the top of his drops more often than most college quarterbacks, which is key to keeping on schedule with receivers' breaks. And when he didn't locate an open target prior to the top of his drop, Bridgewater did a really good job of keeping his feet tied to his eyes while going through additional progressions (that allows him to be ready to fire the instant a receiver flashes open). Finally, and most importantly, we knew that Bridgewater is the most accurate QB in this class in terms of short-to-intermediate throws.