6’3” – 205 lbs. – 4.65e
2011: 2,129 yards (64.5%, 7.2), 14 TD, 12 INT
2012: 3,718 yards (68.5%, 8.9), 27 TD, 8 INT
Took over as a starter early in his true freshman season, a role he has maintained since. Was a first-team All-Big East selection and Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2012.
• Will have three years of starting experience with escalating efficiency.
• Listed height and weight are at least adequate by professional standards.
• Overall footwork and mechanics are polished, three-quarters delivery.
• Possesses a quick release, even when throwing downfield or on the run.
• Impressive pre-and-post-snap diagnostic skills, makes good decisions.
• Already has plenty of experience going through multiple progressions.
• Throws an accurate, catchable ball to all levels of the field, nice touch.
• Willing to wait until the last second and take a big hit to make a throw.
• Composed in the pocket, sidesteps rushers while keeping eyes downfield.
• Offers additional value as a rushing option when the play breaks down.
• Has worked from under center in college, looks comfortable in that role.
• Hasn’t exactly played against a murderer’s row of opposing defenses.
• Combine measurements may affect stock; listed at 6’3”, could be 6’2”.
• Doesn’t have an absolute cannon, spiral/velocity aren’t always the best.
• Wears a glove, which could indicate that hands are smaller than ideal.
• When he misses, tends to miss high/overthrow his intended receiver.
Bridgewater is already very refined as a passer, demonstrating a comfortable command of Louisville’s pro-style offense. He exhibits efficient, controlled footwork, a quick release, impressive composure, and nice touch on throws to all levels of the field. At this point, any concerns about Bridgewater’s game are the minor concerns which have become typical of evaluations surrounding prospects who enter the season hyped as a future first overall pick. A certain top-five overall selection who’s likely to be the first player off the board in April. RD 1