Big night for UofL ends with Teddy Bridgewater going in 1st round

05/08/2014 10:57 PM

It came down to the final pick of the first round. It took a trade, but in the end Teddy Bridgewater indeed was drafted in the first round. With the 32nd overall pick, Bridgewater became a Viking. Minnesota traded up with Seattle to draft the 6’2”,
214 lb quarterback.

It was a record setting night for the Louisville Cardinals program. For the first time ever in the same year, UofL had three players drafted in the first round. Earlier the Jets took safety Calvin Pryor with the 18th pick while Philadelphia chose linebacker Marcus Smith with the 26th overall selection.

Bridgewater’s stock has moved up and down since he declared early for the draft. Originally, many expected him to be a top five pick. Right before Thursday’s draft, some predicted him going as late as the second round. It was close but Bridgewater goes into the books as a first round draft pick.

Bridgewater ended his UofL career guiding the Cardinals to a 12-1 season, including a win in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Miami native threw for 3,970 yards and a school record 31 touchdowns last season. For his career, Bridgewater also completed 68 percent of his throws.

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