NFL Prospects – Louisville
By Taber Small – NationalUnderclassmen.com
Louisville – QB Teddy Bridgewater:
Bridgewater has been sensational so far this season in completing 71 percent of his passes for 1,562 yards, 16 touchdowns and only one interception in five games. He is a special quarterback prospect who displays a quick release, strong arm, accuracy and the mobility to escape the rush. Bridgewater effectively uses the play action pass to freeze defenses and does an excellent job of selling his ball fakes. He throws the ball with pinpoint accuracy and perfect touch on the deep balls. Bridgewater has the uncanny ability to stay poised under pressure in the pocket. He doesn’t try to force his throws into tight coverage and will tuck the ball under and run if no one is open. The majority of personnel in the NFL scouting community have Bridgewater rated as the best overall prospect for the 2014 draft because of his excellent skillset as a passer.
Louisville – WR DeVante Parker*:
Parker is Bridgewater’s top receiving target as he leads the team in catches, yards and touchdowns. He has a great combination of size (6-foot-3, 210-pounds), speed and athleticism. Scouts covet these assets in a receiver. Parker shows a quick release off the line of scrimmage and can easily beat press coverage. He is a naturally smooth athlete and uses his body well to shield defenders away from the catch while showing good balance and body control. Parker attacks the ball while in the air displaying soft hands. He has the speed to separate from defenders and stretch defenses vertically. Parker is still a little raw in his route running and has a tendency to cut some of them short, which results in bad timing on certain pass plays. He hurt his shoulder this past weekend against Temple and there is no timetable on when he will return. Parker is an elite receiver that will be a top draft pick in next year’s draft if he declares.
Louisville – ILB Preston Brown:
Brown is a big, strong and physical middle linebacker who is the leader of the Louisville defense. He has led the team in tackles the last two years and is on pace to do so again. Brown is a good-looking athlete at a rock solid 6-foot-2, 260-pounds and has really stepped up his play this season. He’s been more consistent in his tackling and not over pursuing his gap leading to cutback lanes. Brown is a strong run stuffer who comes downhill and plugs the middle of the defense. He doesn’t make too many plays in the backfield but does show decent sideline-to-sideline range to track down ball carriers. Brown is an instinctive linebacker who does a good job locating the football. He shows some stiffness in the hips and is a liability at times in coverage. Brown’s stock is currently rising because of his improved play this season and also his potential to be a starting inside LB at the next level.