Teddy Bridgewater's rising NFL stock

Updated: April 15, 2013, 11:36 AM ET
By Travis Haney

An argument could be made that the most talked-about prospect of the 2013 draft season has been South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney -- even if the defensive end isn't, you know, eligible until 2014.

Lost, however, in the what-if-he-were-in-this-class chatter is Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The draft people I have spoken with all effusively praise the rising junior, saying he will enter the 2013 college season as their No. 1 quarterback.

And, yes, he would likely be the No. 1 QB taken later this month if he were eligible.

"Part of it is the quarterback class. Anyone can see that," one draft analyst told me, echoing the general shrug that Geno Smith and Matt Barkley are receiving relative to QBs in the past few drafts. "But don't take anything away from him. The kid can play."