Teddy Bridgewater is considered to be the best quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft. With that said, the Kansas City Chiefs pretty much have zero chance at landing him. If this were last year, Bridgewater would probably already be on the plane to Kansas City, but this season the Chiefs have a much later pick in the first round.
My job with these scouting reports is to cover as many players as possible, whether Kansas City has a chance at drafting them or not. With that said, let’s get back to the report.
Teddy Bridgewater had a phenomenal career at Louisville. In his three years as a Cardinal, Bridgewater was 781 of 1,142 for 9,817 yards. He finished his college career with 72 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He also rushed for six touchdowns during his time at Louisville.
Teddy Bridgewater Combine Results
Vertical jump – 30.0 inch
Broad jump – 113.0 inch*
3-cone drill – 7.17 seconds
20-yard shuttle – 4.20 seconds*
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
Here is NFL.com’s “Bottom Line” for Bridgewater,
“A calculated, football-smart, precision-matchup rhythm passer, Bridgewater would be best suited entering a warm-weather or dome environment such as those most common in the South divisions. Instinctive passer with the laser-beam determination to become a Pro Bowl-caliber passer in the right system.”
As cool as it would be to see Bridgewater come to Kansas City and sit behind Alex Smith for a season, that would never happen in today’s NFL. Bridgewater is ranked as the fourth best player in the entire draft (according to CBSSports.com) and will be long gone by the time the Chiefs are on the clock.
Even if the Chiefs had the option to select Bridgewater, would they do it? Probably not. The Chiefs have many other needs and with Smith and Chase Daniel (and even young Tyler Bray) on the roster, quarterback is not a necessity in Kansas City.
Bridgewater has been projected to go number one overall to the Houston Texans several times, but with the Texans acquiring Ryan Fitzpatrick from Tennessee, who knows what their draft plans are now?
NFL.com thinks that the best fit for Bridgewater is with the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Cleveland Browns. Jacksonville recently signed Chad Henne to a two-year deal and Cleveland only has Brian Hoyer left on their roster.