Here is a cool video that the Minnesota Vikings posted on their website. It shows a little behind the scenes stuff before Teddy got drafted, and it shows him meeting some of his coaches. Pretty awesome stuff.
By now, you are probably familiar with the story of Lorenzo Mauldin. How he was passed around from foster home to foster home as a child as both of his parents were in jail. With everything stacked against him and plenty of excuses to not succeed in life, the fact that Lorenzo was drafted to the NFL on Friday night makes his story so much more incredible.
And if you aren’t familiar with his story, here are a couple of links from ESPN’s Andrea Adelson to help you understand.
DeVante Parker has been selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Despite missing the first 7 games of his senior year, Parker finished his career at UofL with 33 touchdowns, tied for 1st all-time with Ibn Green. He finished 4th all-time with 2,775 receiving yards and 156 receptions, which is 8th all-time. For more of his stats in the UofL record books, check out this post.
The 2015 NFL Draft begins Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. It has turned into a three-day extravaganza recently and Thursday will only bring you the first round of the draft. The Louisville Cardinals could see a record number of players drafted this year, but all of that will take place over the course of three days. Tonight’s only real interest for Louisville fans will be finding out where wide receiver DeVante Parker gets drafted.
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I started to write a little intro for this, but there is no reason to. Let’s get right to it. The NFL Combine is starting, and we know DeVante Parker should be drafted early. The Minnesota Vikings have the 11th overall pick. Teddy Bridgewater is their quarterback. The buzz with Louisville fans is the thought of the Vikings taking Parker and those two reuniting.
At the combine on Thursday, Parker said “That would be really good to reunite with (Bridgewater). We’ve got a good connection. That would be a good thing.” (according to blog.twincities.com)
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The Minnesota Vikings traded up to the last pick of the first round (32nd pick) to draft Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. Most believe Minnesota is one of the situations that best fit our guy Teddy. Teddy will have a good defense, a solid head coach, a picture perfect OC, weapons all around him, oh AND Adrian Peterson.
Teddy just adds to the Louisville flavor in Minnesota joining Gorgui Dieng (Timberwolves), Asia Taylor (Lynx), and Richard Pitino (University of Minnesota) in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Leading up to the draft, most fans knew there was a good chance that Louisville would have two guys get drafted in the first round. For a while, it looked like that may be the case, only one of those two was a bit of a surprise. Marcus Smith was picked 26th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles with a pick that maybe didn’t excite their fans very much, but it made us Cards fans very proud. And don’t worry, they will learn to love him too.
Smith came to UofL as a quarterback. He then moved to linebacker before finding his spot on the defensive line and becoming one of the best pass rushers in the country last season. He still has the size that will allow him to drop back and play some linebacker, so you will probably see that out of him.
His versatility and athleticism have taken Marcus Smith from a quarterback to a first round NFL Draft pick on defense. That is pretty incredible.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly had this to say about Smith when he met with the media Thursday night.
With the 18th pick in the 1st round last night in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected Louisville’s Calvin Pryor. Pryor goes to the Jets, who are coached by defensive-minded Rex Ryan. He was the first safety taken in the draft and this should be a good fit for him. That gives the New York Jets four former Louisville Cardinals on their roster: Calvin Pryor, Bilal Powell, Breno Giacomini, and Johnny Patrick.
“This young man is an enforcer,” Ryan said. “You see how some of those kind of plays and hits can impact a game. All you have to do is look at the Super Bowl and the play of Chancellor and Earl Thomas.”
“There is a huge thing with his hitting ability,” Ryan said. “Big hits are going to win games. They’ll flip the momentum of a game faster than anything in my opinion.
Kurt Warner knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a successful quarterback in the NFL. It is nice to hear some positive talk about Teddy Bridgewater for a change from someone around the NFL. Good thing the draft is coming up soon or I am afraid at this rate, Teddy would fall out of the draft completely! (For what it’s worth, I think it’s a joke that his stock has fallen so much since the season ended)
It looks like the Louisville Cardinals will be very well represented in the green room on NFL Draft Day. Calvin Pryor has accepted an invitation to attend, joining quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The NFL generally only invites players that are expected to be drafted in the first round, and likely in the earlier part of that first round. Pryor could very well be the first safety selected. It will likely either be him or Alabama’s Haha Clinton-Dix (real name).
According to Sports Information Director Rocco Gasparro, Louisville is one of only 4 schools with multiple players accepting invitations to the NFL Draft at this point. The others are Alabama, Ohio State, and Texas A&M. It will be great to see the University of Louisville football program get that much exposure on draft day!
A lot has been made of Teddy Bridgewater’s sudden drop in the mock drafts lately. Mel Kiper Jr., thought to be the guru of this stuff, even had him dropping to the 2nd round. Well it turns out Teddy has been invited to attend the NFL Draft on May 8.
All I am saying is, they usually don’t invite you unless you are probably going to be picked in the first round, and early. There are some cases where a player may be sitting for a while and not get picked when he is expected to, and those times can be awkward. But this at least shows that the NFL people making this decision thinks he will be selected early.
Today ESPN’s Todd McShay released his Mock Draft 1.0 and has our very own Teddy Bridgewater going #1 to the Houston Texans. While McShay does have the Texans taking Teddy #1 he does admit it’s not a lock. McShay says that Houston may question Teddy’s durability and that Blake Bortles has a higher ceiling………………………. Wait did I read that right? Well here’s what Todd had to say in full:
Analysis: This is a tough call right off the bat. I have Bridgewater ranked as the top quarterback prospect in this class, but just ninth overall. The question for the Texans is going to be this: Do you have a player at another position who grades out considerably higher? (Possibilities include Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews or South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney.) Because if not, given their need at QB and the importance of that position, my guess is that they’d talk themselves into taking Bridgewater — or whichever QB ranks highest on their board in May.
Bridgewater has great football intelligence, is mentally and physically tough, and has proved he can beat opponents from inside the pocket; he can read defenses, has a quick release and is very accurate. If he isn’t the top overall pick, it’ll be because of questions about his durability. He’ll also need to hold off UCF quarterback Blake Bortles during the draft process. Bortles isn’t as polished as Bridgewater but does have a higher ceiling.