Teddy Bridgewater displays a larger frame at the 2014 NFL combine
INDIANAPOLIS — For those who wonder why the scouting combine matters … well, there are several reasons, but the ability for players to show up in a central location and impress with their offseason workouts is a fairly big part of the equation. This year, few players might benefit as much from the exposure as Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who played at a very high level in college despite a frame that carried a measured 205 pounds up top.
But when he weighed in for the combine on Friday morning, Bridgewater weighed in at 214 pounds, which should allay some of the fears that he doesn’t have the bulk to succeed at the next level. Last December, one AFC college scouting director told Albert Breer of the NFL Network that he saw Bridgewater as a second-round prospect.
“Shorter and smallish in size, but he has solid arm strength, he’s a good athlete, solid accuracy,” the executive said. “Not dynamic or a special talent, but he has NFL starter-caliber skills, and he’s a good kid with all the intangibles.”
Another AFC exec was a bit more reasoned in his analysis. “The body type is the concern. You’re gonna have to see him at the combine. He looks small and skinny to me. But he gets rid of the ball so quick and makes such good decisions, maybe you can live with that. If I had the first pick, I don’t know that I’d see it, but if you’re comfortable with his body, I can see where you would do it.”
Bridgewater also measured in at 6-foot-2 1/4, with 9 1/4 inch hands. No doubt the disparity between Bridgewater’s hands and the hands of Johnny Manziel, which were measured at 9 7/8, will be a ding in the eyes of some.
Of course, the tape tells the full story, and what the tape shows on Bridgewater is a quarterback with the accuracy, velocity, mobility, field vision and awareness to take a franchise to a different level. Bridgewater is still mulling over whether he’ll participate in the throwing drills on Sunday.