Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater
Weight: 214 pounds.
Why the Browns might target him: They’re looking for a long-term answer at quarterback, and many draft analysts believe Bridgewater is the best this year’s class has to offer at the position. Bridgewater happens to agree that he has an edge over the other top-ranked quarterbacks, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Central Florida’s Blake Bortles. “I feel that I’m the best quarterback in this draft,” Bridgewater said Saturday during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. “I’m not just going to sit up here and say it. There’s obviously actions that have to back up these words, and I’m just confident in myself and my capability to be able to play this position. I’m just going to go out there and prove that I’m the best guy.” Bridgewater said his accuracy sets him apart, but he’ll throw during his March 17 pro day instead of at the combine. “The biggest thing was just me being a perfectionist, and I just want everything to go right,” Bridgewater said. Passion and dedication are other attributes Bridgewater vows to bring to an NFL franchise. “I eat, sleep and breathe football,” he said. “There’s not a moment that goes by that I’m not thinking about football, whether I’m playing a game, practicing, watching film, even on the video game. A lot of people ask me what do I do on the video game. I call it taking virtual reps.” As of Saturday afternoon, Bridgewater said he had not yet met with the Browns, who own the fourth overall pick, at the combine. He said he interviewed with the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 3 overall selection) and Oakland Raiders (No. 5 overall choice) on Friday. He could also be a target of the Houston Texans at No. 1 overall.
— Nate Ulrich