30 for 29: This is the ninth in a daily series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
6-2, 214 pounds, DOB: 11/10/92
2013: 303 for 427, 3,970 yards, 71 percent completions, 31 TDs, 4 INTS
2012: 287-410, 3,718, 68.5 percent, 27-8
2011: 191-296, 2,129, 64.5 percent, 14-12
A native of Miami and was a decorated player coming out of Miami Northwestern High School. Big East Rookie of the Year in 2011 after taking over as Louisville starter in fourth week of season. Started 11 of 12 games in 2012 and was named Sugar Bowl MVP after upset win over Florida. Had a tremendous final season at Louisville and got his degree in Sports Administation at Winter Commencement. No injuries to speak of or off-field issues at all.
TO THE GOOD
Poised, intelligent and supremely accurate in terms of touch and leading receivers. Like a coach on the field and is never underprepared. Has shown toughness and is highly respected by teammates. Reads defenses well and is extremely motivated. Reminds me of Chad Pennington with better footspeed but not as solidly built (of course, Pennington’s solid build didn’t help his shoulder issues, but…).
TO THE BAD
A little on the thin side which – while he avoided big injuries at Louisville – could catch up to him at NFL level. Anticipatory throws he gets away with at college will be snatched more easily at NFL level and he’ll have to get a little better at driving the ball. Small hands. Didn’t receive rave reviews for his pro day performance.
There is so much to like about Bridgewater in terms of production, leadership and attention to detail. If anyone thinks Bridgewater will be in a position to come into Gillette and challenge Tom Brady over the next four seasons for the starting job, they underestimate Brady. Hence, spending a first-round pick would seem a fool’s errand, even though the Patriots have visited with Bridgewater. If, however, the Patriots could trade out of the first and, through some twist of fate, take Bridgewater in the second and another pick to fill an immediate need like defensive line or offensive guard, that would be a solid play.