- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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It apparently wasn't a good day for Bridgewater, who struggled at his pro day workout on Monday. ESPN's Ron Jaworski and Todd McShay attended and neither was impressed with that they saw out of Bridgewater. Jaworski said he was disappointed in Bridgewater's accuracy and McShay said he didn't see the same effectiveness he did when studying Bridgewater's tape.
It's a bit surprising because Bridgewater is considered the most NFL-ready of the quarterbacks in the draft. However, it's not devastating. Guys have bad days. It happens. Bridgewater can redeem himself in private workouts.
Here's exactly what Jaworski and McShay had to say:
Jaworski: "I think if you talked to the six NFL coaches that were here, they came here probably feeling the same way we did: Teddy Bridgewater was the guy most ready for the NFL. But they wanted to see the ball come out of his hands. How did he spin the football? They've done all the tape study, just like we've done all the tape study. And really, when you watch Bridgewater today, he struggled with accuracy, he struggled with velocity on the deep throw and the sideline throws. And the one thing I thought was going to be his trademark was the accuracy -- and he struggled in areas. I think clearly, in this pro day workout, Teddy Bridgewater took a step backwards."
McShay: "In coming to these pro day workouts for 14-15 years, the vast majority of them, almost all of them, the QB ends up outperforming what you see on tape. There's no defense. There's no pass rush. You're in shorts and a T-shirt and it's a scripted workout that you've been working on for 30-40 days with your wide receiver. So to see Bridgewater come out here today and be the exception to the rule ... this is a rare occurrence for a QB in his pro day, who is not nearly as efficient and effective when he is when studying his tape.
"The question has to be why? And I just wonder ... maybe it's in his head that he's working on footwork things that I'm not sure that he should be working on. The bottom line is that he needs to be working on weight transfer, and getting his hips more involved with his upper body to drive the ball down the field. Big picture: The bottom line is that the teams drafting at the top, and there were general managers, head coaches, scouts, offensive coordinators from all of those teams here, they wanted to be wowed and they leave Louisville having not been wowed about what they saw."
2dEric D. Williams
2dEric D. Williams