Monday, March 17, 2014
Bridgewater not Louisville's only prospect
By ESPN Stats & Information
Both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. have Teddy Bridgewater slated to go in the top five picks in this year’s NFL Draft.
Bridgewater will be among those showing off his talents on Louisville’s pro day today. Here are a few storylines of note for that event.
Bridgewater had the third-highest Total QBR last season, trailing only Jameis Winston of Florida State and Marcus Mariota of Oregon. However, once his Total QBR was adjusted for his opponent, he dropped to 14th. This was impacted by Louisville’s strength of schedule, which was ranked 107th by the NCAA.
Nonetheless, Bridgewater is lauded for his accuracy and has steadily improved his completion percentage in each of his three years as a starting QB. In 2013, he was the only QB from a BCS-Automatic Qualifying conference completing at least 70 percent of his passes.
The blitz doesn’t bother Bridgewater. He had the second-highest completion percentage (70.1 percent) versus added pressure among AQ quarterbacks, with 15 touchdown passes and only one interception.
He was also effective moving the chains, throwing for 14 touchdowns and just one pick on third down, with nearly 53 percent of his attempts gaining a first down.
Bridgewater left his mark on the Cardinals' record books during his three seasons at the school. He set the single-season record for touchdown passes with 31 last season.
He also became the third Louisville quarterback to throw for at least 3,000 yards in consecutive seasons, along with Chris Redman (1997-1999) and Brian Brohm (2006-2007).
Bridgewater is expected to become the first Louisville QB to be selected in the first round in the Common Draft Era (since 1967). Two Cardinals were second-round picks, Browning Nagle by the New York Jets in 1991 and Brohm by the Green Bay Packers in 2008.
Defensive Players to Watch: Safety, Calvin Pryor and Defensive End, Marcus Smith
Pryor, a first-team all AAC selection in 2013, is ranked among the top 15 players in this year’s draft.
He ranked second on the team in tackles, tied for third in interceptions and fourth in forced fumbles for a defense that allowed that second-fewest yards per game in FBS last season (trailing only Michigan State).
Louisville has never had two players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft and has only had one top-10 pick (Amobi Okoye, 10th in 2007).
Smith, the AAC Defensive Player of the Year and a third-team AP All-American, finished with 14.5 sacks in 2013. He led the FBS in sacks per game.