QB Bridgewater works out during Louisville pro day

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm •  Published: March 17, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater gave NFL teams a glimpse of the skills he believes will make him a first-round draft choice.

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.