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2014 NFL Draft: Lousville’s Bridgewater Falls Short, Nikita Whitlock Benches and Solomon Patton Surprises at March 17th Pro Days

Teddy BridgewaterA small slate of Pro Days saw every team attend two colleges with big names—Florida and Louisville—and a smattering of others. The most well-known player of the day was Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, who some thought had a lot riding on the day but many times it’s the unknowns who see their stock affected most by the college workouts.

– The presumptive top quarterback in the upcoming 2014 NFL, Teddy Bridgewater, held a well-attended and nationally televised Pro Day as he worked out for NFL scouts (and the rest of the country). When his scripted workout didn’t hit every mark (57 of 65, with two drops), reactions began pouring in.

– Mike Mayock called Bridgewater’s Pro Day merely “average at best,” an alarming statement for an event that typically looks good for quarterbacks, especially one considered to be in the top tier. Paired with reports of poor interviews at the Combine, this could contribute to the slow fall Bridgewater has seen from evaluators since his preseason billing as college’s top quarterback prospect.

– Some thought the Louisville signal-caller looked good—including Gil Brandt and Minnesota scouts (allegedly), but the tenor of the response has largely been negative. At the Pro Day, he was linked to the Oakland Raiders. In the end, the day shouldn’t affect his stock too much.

– Teddy’s errant throws helped his receivers, however. Damien Copeland looked good while running crisp routes and climbing the ladder to catch passes.

– The Florida pro day featured a number of prospects, but unfortunately their best player—Dominique Easley—did not work out as he continues to rehabilitate his knee.

– Both cornerbacks Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy ran a high-4.5/low-4.6 40-yard dash, though both play faster on the film.

– The biggest surprise may have been receiver Solomon Patton, who ran in the 4.3s. Patton is 5’9,” and has been under-the-radar, so any big performances will help a lot.

– At Wake Forest, defensive lineman Nikita Whitlock put up quite the performance on the bench press with an astonishing 43 reps. Entering the offseason, Whitlock was marked as a sleeper pick but should rise up boards with this performance. He had an excellent three-cone (6.90 seconds) and did well enough in the 40-yard dash for any of the three positions he may be asked to play (he went through defensive linemen, outside linebacker and fullback drills). Several running backs coaches inquired about him and he even looked good catching the ball.

– Teammate Mike Campanaro did not run the forty-yard dash, and did not receive the attention of any receivers coaches.

– At Virginia’s Pro Day, rising offensive tackle Morgan Moses ran a high-4.9/low-5.0 40-yard dash before pulling a hamstring and sitting out the rest of the day.

Luke Bawanko, an interior offensive line prospect, received a lot of attention at the Virginia Pro Day as well


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