On Friday, the Oakland Raiders met with Louisville Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. At his press conference during the NFL Scouting Combine, Bridgewater told the media he had met with Raiders owner Mark Davis Friday night. Reggie McKenzie, Dennis Allen and Greg Olson were also at the meeting.
If Bridgewater somehow fell to the Raiders, they must seriously consider picking him. He is considered by many NFL analysts to be the most polished Quarterback in this Draft due to his tremendous accuracy (71% completions last season) and leadership abilities. Bridgewater also has experience changing the play at the line of scrimmage.
At many programs, coaches hold up cards when they want the Quarterback to audible. As a result, many Quarterbacks do not have experience reading defenses and changing the play at a moment's notice.
While other Quarterbacks rely on the sideline to make the call, Bridgewater does it all by himself. Louisville Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson gave Bridgewater complete control of the offense: "Teddy's been taught from day one that I want him to be the coordinator at the line of scrimmage because he can be far better than me," said Watson.
Bridgewater has begun to take some heat from analysts claiming that his stats are meager compared to Johnny Manziel. This past year, Bridgewater threw 31 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions along with a staggering 71 completion percentage (2nd nationally).
Many scouts also have questions about Bridgewater's size. At 6-2 1/4, Bridgewater's height is not the concern. It is his weight that has many scouts cringe. Sports Illustrated's Peter King described Bridgewater as a "skinny bookworm". But during the off-season, Bridgewater gained 9 pounds jumping from 205 to 214. He told reporters at the combine that he hopes to weigh 225 by the start of the season which would help eliminate concern of injury.
The fact that Mark Davis and Reggie McKenzie are interested in Bridgewater is good news for Raider Nation because he has the potential to Oakland's franchise Quarterback. If Teddy Bridgewater falls to the Raiders, Raider Nation should rejoice because Oakland is ready, for Teddy.