Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy. Bridgewater is considered one of the favorites to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Texans. The latest mock draft from SB Nation's Dan Kadar has Bridgewater going No. 1 to a Texans squad in desperate need of a franchise quarterback:
Whether the Texans hire Bill O'Brien or someone else as a head coach, it's evident Houston needs a franchise quarterback. Compared to the other quarterbacks expected to be in next year's draft, there are far fewer downsides about Bridgewater than the others. He's more of a cerebral quarterback who does work before the snap and has the natural talent to make plenty of difficult throws.
Bridgewater put up sparking numbers in his final season with the Cardinals, completing 71 percent of his passes for 3,970 yards, 31 touchdowns and just four interceptions. During his most recent outing, a 36-9 win over Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Bridgewater carved the Hurricanes for 477 yards and three touchdowns on 35-for-45 passing. He also did this:
The 2014 Draft is projected to be particularly strong for quarterbacks. In addition to Bridgewater, Fresno State's Derek Carr, UCF's Blake Bortles and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel are all considered potential top-10 picks.