When most high-profile NFL prospects go through their Pro Day, perfection is a non-story. The player is throwing to receivers he is familiar with, in a setting he is familiar with, and it's not unusual for a quarterback to complete just about every one of his passes. That didn't happen today at Louisville's Pro Day for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Bridgewater reportedly completed 57 of 65 throws -- some were drops and some were off-target. That's a few more incompletions than you regularly see at a Pro Day, but it was a long workout. OK, fine.
But NFL Network's Mike Mayock was not impressed with what he saw. "To be honest, I expected a little more. Very average at best."
ESPN's James Walker said what he saw from Bridgewater was "not pretty." Varying reports added that Bridgewater looked good throwing on the run and was precise on shorter throws, but he was inaccurate on deeper throws, and he didn't entirely quell concerns about his arm strength.
It should also be noted that Bridgewater threw without wearing gloves, which is something he never does. Bridgewater said after the workout that he trained in Florida without a glove and felt confident in his ability without it. The workout was also held indoors.
As the workout progressed, Bridgewater reportedly looked better. But was the damage -- as minimal as it may be -- already done? As Walker put it on Twitter:
"This is where scouts earn their $. They must decide [what] 1 bad workout, which was set up to succeed, means for Teddy Bridgewater's stock."
The head coaches of some of the likely suitors for Bridgewater -- the Texans, Jaguars, Raiders, Vikings -- were in attendance. I don't know if anything they saw caused them to move Bridgewater down their draft board. And as Walker insinuated, how much of a deal can we make out of one workout that didn't include a helmet or pads? That's a very fair point. We all can't be perfect at our jobs every day.
The argument to that is these Pro Days are supposed to be a draftee at his best. That's the way it's set up. The star QB is supposed to look great, hit every man in stride, complete just about every pass, look like a lock for a top pick. Yet, Bridgewater was far from it on Monday. That makes his imperfections notable, much more so than if Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel goes 50-for-50 during their own Pro Days later this month.
Bridgewater is still going to be a top-10 pick because too many teams at the top of this year's draft need a quarterback. I don't think today's events really harmed Bridgewater's stock, but I think it's fair to say he definitely didn't help himself.