VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
QB Bridgewater works out at Pro Day

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Teddy Bridgewater gave NFL teams a glimpse of the skills he believes will make him a first-round draft choice.

Advertisement
How high the former Louisville quarterback is drafted on May 8 depends in part on what officials from 29 clubs - including six head coaches - gleaned from Monday's highly anticipated pro day workout. Bridgewater threw a range of passes, some with zip on them while others wobbled.

He came away pleased despite an unofficial time of 4.78 seconds in the 40, which may not matter if Bridgewater can read pro defenses and show poise in the pocket. With projections of him going as high as No. 1 overall, there will more tryouts before the draft.

''Teams will probably talk with me in the next couple of days,'' Bridgewater said. ''I'll talk with my agent also and we'll come up with a plan from there.''

Safety Calvin Pryor, another potential first-round pick, was among 15 Cardinals auditioning at the school's largest pro day workout. Bridgewater's presence in a draft pool including Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Central Florida's Blake Bortles obviously had a lot to do with that.

The Miami native didn't run the 40 or throw at last month's NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, heightening pro day interest in the 6-foot-2, 208-pounder who completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,970 yards and a school-record 31 touchdowns last season. Every NFL team except Miami, Pittsburgh and Washington was present for the workout at Louisville's indoor practice facility that included a huge media contingent.

Watching closely were Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly; Oakland's Dennis Allen; Minnesota's Mike Zimmer; Tennessee's Ken Whisenhunt; Jacksonville's Gus Bradley; and Houston's Bill O'Brien - whose team holds the first overall pick - as Bridgewater ran and threw.

''He's staying cool,'' wide receiver Damian Copeland said of his former teammate's demeanor. ''That's the biggest thing with Teddy. He doesn't let his emotions get involved. Out there, that's a big stage. There's a lot of pressure. You have all the teams out there and they're critiquing every little thing that you do.''

The day's most-watched segment was a scripted passing drill led by former Heisman Trophy winner and personal coach Chris Weinke, where Bridgewater threw without gloves after wearing them throughout his college career. Some of his 63 balls were crisp and tight in various situations; others were slightly ahead of or behind his receivers.

Bridgewater said afterward that his footwork was tweaked, but his throwing motion remained the same while barehanded.

''I think I did pretty good,'' he said afterward. ''I competed, threw the ball on time in rhythm, kept guys running and scrambling as I completed the football (pass)...

''I was pretty relaxed this morning. I woke up this morning, looked in the mirror and said, `let's go. It's go time.' There was no pressure added, no need to feel nervous because I'm confident in myself, confident in my wide receivers, tight ends and running backs. It was just another day.''

Bridgewater weighed in 10 pounds lighter than at the combine. Part of that weight loss was due to working out in Florida with Wienke and having a cold, but he hopes to play around 220 pounds in the pros.

As for his 40 time, Bridgewater didn't bother to improve it with a second attempt, saying, ''I ran one 40 and I don't have to run it again.''

Former Dallas Cowboys executive and NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt cautioned against reading too much into the workout it because of Bridgewater's other intangibles.

''This guy has been well-coached and is a quality individual who can relate to others,'' Brandt said. ''All he has to do is win on Sunday.''

Pryor also felt encouraged after a workout he believes reinforced projections of him going late in the first round or early in the second. Monday was about the 5-11, 211-pounder following up his solid combine with more examples of his agility and reaction skills.

''My main focus is doing what I have to do up to May 8,'' Pryor said, ''and just keep trying to perfect my craft and be the best that I can be.''

---

Follow Gary B. Graves on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GaryBGraves

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Dobish: Betting Recap - Week 4
Penn St. beats Iowa with TD on final play
NC State knocks off No. 12 Florida State
Clemson pulls away in 4th, beats BC 34-7
Wilson, Fields help Duke beat rival UNC
TCU upends No. 6 Oklahoma St., 44-31
Miami rallies in 2nd half to beat Toledo
USC pulls away late, California covers
Ohio St. pounds UNLV as 'over' cashes
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA FB Hot Streaks
7-1 Saturday, 10-2 Win Streak
3-1 L2 Sat., 9-2 Run, 6-1 G-Plays
6-1 Saturday, 2-0 L2 G-Plays
6-0 G-Plays TY, 3-1 Saturday
8-1 L9 G-Plays, 6-1 L2 Fridays
20-10 L5 Saturdays, 22-10 TY
2-0 Saturday, 4-0 Guarantees TY
7-3 Record Saturday
5-1 L6 G-Plays, 25-16 Overall
11-4 L2 Saturdays, 5-2 Totals TY
5-2 Saturday, 12-5 L17 Picks
8-2 L10 CFB Guaranteed Plays
11-4 L15 College Selections
6-3 Guarantees This Year
7-3 Record L2 Saturdays
7-4 L11 Picks, 11-6 L3 Saturdays
NCAA FB College Football Expert Sports Picks
2017 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1098
Scott Pritchard + 770
Gary Bart + 768
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 898
Bruce Marshall + 750
Alex Smart + 644
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Pritchard 79 %
Joe Williams 69 %
Gary Bart 61 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 778
Doc's Sports + 607
Scott Pritchard + 480
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Pritchard + 370
Vince Akins + 280
Joe Williams + 280
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 980
Micah Roberts + 675
Mark Franco + 510
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership