Posted February 21, 2014

Teddy Bridgewater displays a larger frame at the 2014 NFL combine

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Teddy Bridgewater measurements 2014 NFL combine:

Apparently, Teddy Bridgewater has been hitting the rack. (MCT via Getty Images)

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.”

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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.

16 comments
Jonjoe1959
Jonjoe1959

Plan and Simple, Manziels is a Clown and not a QB. and people love to go to the circus.!!

Jonjoe1959
Jonjoe1959

Plan and Simple, Manzial is a Clown and not a QB. and people love to go to the circus.!!

CardsFanTX
CardsFanTX

Teddy does not get rattled.  He is amazingly accurate.  He can throw with touch and thread a tiny needle with power.  He utterly destroyed a great defense in last year's Sugar Bowl.  And he's tough as they come.  Took many big hits in his 3 years at UofL and always bounced back.  Won the conf. title game on the road with a severely sprained ankle and broken wrist.  And he played in a pro style offense that was predicated on spreading the passes around.  He routinely distributed the ball to 10 players or more virtually every game.  He'll be a star.

JamesAllenSpillmanJr.
JamesAllenSpillmanJr.

Manziels mouth will get him clobbered and someone will take his knees out in the nfl .ur in the big boy leauge now

JamesAllenSpillmanJr.
JamesAllenSpillmanJr.

Bridwater is a white peyton with all the att. Maziel is a black rg3 which will see the same ending as him u figure it out

HectorRamirez
HectorRamirez

good luck to teddy in cleveland. he's gonna need it.

jordanN
jordanN

"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.”

Only in professional sports can grown men scrutinize another man's body while also debating whether they are ready for a gay athlete.

tonybot3
tonybot3

@Jonjoe1959  if its so plain and simple, why did you feel the need to post it twice?

Jonjoe1959
Jonjoe1959

Teddy Bridgewater is under the radar, as were most great NFL QBs.

Jonjoe1959
Jonjoe1959

JamesAllen.- Payton is just a "Dump-Passer". All that Payton has to do is decide weather he will Dump-Pass Right or Dump-Pass Left. Now you have Bridgewater who can actually throw downfield with accuracy.

Jonjoe1959
Jonjoe1959

Oh, so that's what Flag Football really means.

Stork62
Stork62

@jordanN  you're an idiot. He's talking about the body in terms if it can handle the NFL abuse, not sizing it up for a Saturday night

klmfast
klmfast

@Jonjoe1959 Not even Teddy Bridgewaters dad would say the retarded crap you just said.  Seriously, if you were born in 59, you have 44 years of football watching, because it's obvious you never played the game, but wouldn't you have watched some of the great QB's in that time and learned an ounce of knowledge of what it takes to be a great QB.  Peyton Manning took a dump today and left more QB skill and knowledge in toilet than Teddy Bridgewater will every have in his lifetime. 

Do the world a favor and punch yourself in the balls for your last comment.

Jonjoe1959
Jonjoe1959

Kimfast.-oh I get it, you bet on Denver to win. So tell us, how much money did you lose.? I'm willing to "Bet" that you actually believe that the Colts got rid of Payton because of his neck issues.