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      Weinke: Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater 'a perfect fit' for NFL By Dan Greenspan College Football 24/7 writer    NFL.comPublished: Jan. 26, 2014 at 07:36 p.m. img_zps7efa27a0.jpgIMG Football director Chris Weinke looks on as QB Russell Wilson looks to throw Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has decamped to IMG Academy in Florida for his 2014 NFL Draft preparations, and former NFL QB Chris Weinke, a trainer at IMG, is impressed with the initial returns."I think he's a perfect fit," Weinke told Courier-Journal.com when asked about Bridgewater's NFL prospects. "He's the type of guy that doesn't have to say a whole lot, but I think will got into a locker room and gain respect immediately."He's the total package. He has the ability to do all the things they're gonna do at the next level. In terms of arm strength, he's got NFL arm strength. He can throw the ball accurately on the run. He has great escapability within the pocket."But Weinke didn't address the skinny elephant in the room: Bridgewater's slight frame. Despite playing at a listed weight of 205 pounds during his junior season, the 6-foot-3 Bridgewater always looked like he was in danger of being broken in half in the college ranks.Part of the focus during Bridgewater's time at IMG Academy will be about adding size and strength to erase those concerns.There are no such doubts about Bridgewater's production or leadership, as he led Cardinals to 27 wins in his three seasons as the starter and threw for 9,817 yards and 72 touchdowns.The 2000 Heisman Trophy winner at Florida State, Weinke started 20 career games during his seven seasons in the NFL.Follow Dan Greenspan on Twitter @DanGreenspan

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      Yeah Teddy is gonna be mainlining Weightgain 5000 formulas between now and the combine.

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      Yeah Teddy is gonna be mainlining Weightgain 5000 formulas between now and the combine.

      Not sure about that....If I was him I'd rather run a faster 40 time that trick people into thinking I'm Big. They already know he's not big.

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      Yeah Teddy is gonna be mainlining Weightgain 5000 formulas between now and the combine.

      Not sure about that....If I was him I'd rather run a faster 40 time that trick people into thinking I'm Big. They already know he's not big.

      Pump and dump...you weight gain up for the combine and then lose weight and run at your pro day. ;) A lot of linemen and linebackers do this.

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      I’ve been seeing rumors on Twitter that he is actually 6’1″ 195lbs. Combine should be interesting.

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      I've been seeing rumors on Twitter that he is actually 6'1" 195lbs. Combine should be interesting.

      I hope so . If this is what he measures in at it means he's falling to us at #7 , lol.

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      Yeah Teddy is gonna be mainlining Weightgain 5000 formulas between now and the combine.

      Not sure about that....If I was him I'd rather run a faster 40 time that trick people into thinking I'm Big. They already know he's not big.

      Pump and dump...you weight gain up for the combine and then lose weight and run at your pro day. ;) A lot of linemen and linebackers do this.

      True.

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      I've been seeing rumors on Twitter that he is actually 6'1" 195lbs. Combine should be interesting.

      I hope so . If this is what he measures in at it means he's falling to us at #7 , lol.

      That would be ideal.

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          Or, he could be the next Josh Johnson, now a b/u for Andy Dalton….  http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/josh-johnson?id=264

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      Or he could be the the next Drew Brees…..which is a better comparison because other than skin color and size, he has zero in common with Josh Johnson.

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      Or he could be the the next Drew Brees.....which is a better comparison because other than skin color and size, he has zero in common with Josh Johnson.

        As rookies before their respective drafts, what differences did you see between Josh Johnson THEN and Teddy Bridgewater NOW? Just curious…

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      Bridgewater has elite accuracy for one.

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      No he didn’t…he played Division II competition .JJ's accuracy was a sham . Proven.

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      JJ wasn’t a QB he was a thrower. His motion was bad, his accuracy stunk outloud, he couldn’t read defenses….and his level of competition was a joke.  Nothing about him was NFL ready. There is almost nothing about him like Teddy. He’s more like Stephen Morris in terms of being a raw price of clay you can hope you mold into something to exploit the physical tools.

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      Or he could be the the next Drew Brees.....which is a better comparison because other than skin color and size, he has zero in common with Josh Johnson.

        As rookies before their respective drafts, what differences did you see between Josh Johnson THEN and Teddy Bridgewater NOW? Just curious...

      Josh Johnson was always an athlete playing QB. He was a guy with great wheels that chewed up teams that were barely considered division one. He was very raw and all potential. Bridgewater hardly every runs. He is a polished pocket passer. His greatest attribute is how well he scans the field and throws the ball. As a draft prospect, Josh Johnson compares to Pat White. Bridgewater compares to Drew Brees. There really are no similarities imo.

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      Or he could be the the next Drew Brees.....which is a better comparison because other than skin color and size, he has zero in common with Josh Johnson.

        As rookies before their respective drafts, what differences did you see between Josh Johnson THEN and Teddy Bridgewater NOW? Just curious...

      Josh Johnson was always an athlete playing QB. He was a guy with great wheels that chewed up teams that were barely considered division one. He was very raw and all potential. Bridgewater hardly every runs. He is a polished pocket passer. His greatest attribute is how well he scans the field and throws the ball. As a draft prospect, Josh Johnson compares to Pat White. Bridgewater compares to Drew Brees. There really are no similarities imo.

      +1

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      His mental acumen comes into play every time I try to evaluate him. Looking over to the sidelines every other play leads me to believe he is a slow learner or can’t think on the fly.Personally, I think he has the same risk/reward ratio of manziel, only that his issues will be different (mental, not physical).

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      I can see the Brees comparison with Bridgewater. They both don’t have a plus deep ball(above average though) but are pretty much money everywhere else.

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      His mental acumen comes into play every time I try to evaluate him. Looking over to the sidelines every other play leads me to believe he is a slow learner or can't think on the fly.Personally, I think he has the same risk/reward ratio of manziel, only that his issues will be different (mental, not physical).

      W......T.......F?  Are you talking about Josh or Teddy. slow is the last thing anyone would say about Bridgewater in fact his football IQ is a huge plus attribute for him.

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      I worry about him in a mental aspect too, just not in the same way. I think he is plenty smart. I just wonder if he has that type A personality with the confidence and maturity to step into an NFL locker room and take over as their leader. He comes off as timid. A bit of a “momma’s boy”. I could be totally wrong, but that is my only concern with Teddy. The size is a negative, but not enough to concern me.  I think he has all the physical ability and intelligence needed to be great. Just not sure if he is the guy that will grab Donald Penn by the face mask or chew out Mike Will when it’s needed. To be an NFL QB you have to be a rare bread and that includes being very mentally tough.

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      This article should answer the leadership and smarts questions about him:http://mmqb.si.com/2014/01/02/teddy-bridgewater-2014-nfl-draft/

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      An excellent and informative read….Seriously.  That article, if at all has any substance and truth to it, we should trade up to number 1 and pick Bridgewater at some significant cost.  No doubt in my mind.

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      Drew Brees?  I don’t see that.I see Tony Eason.

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      lol only on this forum will you see a comparison between a top 5 pick and some nobody from a FCS school who only got drafted because of his measurables

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      lol – on EVERY forum.  We are no worse or better.  ;)

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      Drew Brees?  I don't see that.I see Tony Eason.

      I'm not saying he will be an elite top 5 QB like Brees.....I'm saying he has similar strengths and weaknesses, so if he ends up being great in the NFL he would be a Brees type guy.

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          I won’t argue against the level of competition for JJ vs TB. Fine. Or their pocket presence. Or their mechanics. Cool.       But PHYSICALLY they are VERY similar; both listed at 6'3" 205. Angular, skinny, with good arms, but not elite arms. Drew Brees is stockier and more muscular  than either JJ or TB; 6'0" 210. Bress is a very diferent physical type.      And saying any QB who completed nearly 70% of his passes with his TD/INT ratio has ACCURACY issues is more than a little offbase...

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      Physically, they’re size is similar, but Johnson was a better athlete. Bridgewater injured his knee his senior season of high school and hasn’t really been a dual-threat QB since. He’s not immobile, but he is not a runner who can pass a little like Johnson was coming out of college. He is a pocket passer who can run a little, and a damned polished one at that.

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          I won't argue against the level of competition for JJ vs TB. Fine. Or their pocket presence. Or their mechanics. Cool.       But PHYSICALLY they are VERY similar; both listed at 6'3" 205. Angular, skinny, with good arms, but not elite arms. Drew Brees is stockier and more muscular  than either JJ or TB; 6'0" 210. Bress is a very diferent physical type.      And saying any QB who completed nearly 70% of his passes with his TD/INT ratio has ACCURACY issues is more than a little offbase...

      A lower division QB who hits 70% means nada in terms of NFL accuracy. We all know college accuracy and NFL passing are barely related.

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          OK, when I say “accuracy”, I mean the ability to hit the target I’m aiming at. Nothing else. Whether he hit specific pinpoint throws into tight coverages isn’t generally measured. Whether he was in the pocket or out, or on the run, again isn’t generally measured. These factors tend to be somewhat subjective anyway…    I think what ya'll are trying to say is JJ's college numbers don't mean squat in the NFL.  I TOTALLY AGREE with that, but that applies to TB's impressive college numbers as well!     However,  that has NADA to do with "accuracy"....

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          I won't argue against the level of competition for JJ vs TB. Fine. Or their pocket presence. Or their mechanics. Cool.       But PHYSICALLY they are VERY similar; both listed at 6'3" 205. Angular, skinny, with good arms, but not elite arms. Drew Brees is stockier and more muscular  than either JJ or TB; 6'0" 210. Bress is a very diferent physical type.      And saying any QB who completed nearly 70% of his passes with his TD/INT ratio has ACCURACY issues is more than a little offbase...

      Rumor is Bridgewater is really 6'1"....even if he isn't, I think you'd be surprised how similarly he and a rookie Brees are in build. 022601brees.jpg teddy-bridgewater.jpg

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      Poor kid….I see this in the future.teddy_bridgewater_jacksonville_jaguars_uniform_by_hesslerstudios-d6ts7wq.png

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          I wouldn’t be surprised, JDub. I’m not hatin’ on him at all, but he’s been seriously overhyped, and not just here.  Hey, if his hype is right, doesn't matter where he goes; he'll carry his team on his back. No need for receivers, blocking or even a running game ... Hope he does well, wherever he lands.

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      Well Senorise Perry and Nick Hueser are both listed as 6 foot , and Bridgewater is way taller than them . So even if Louisville lied about their height also , I’d say he’s at least 6’2.Teddy+Bridgewater+Louisville+v+Pittsburgh+8LWOdCk8hpsl.jpg