Teddy Bridgewater has appeared near the top of seemingly every 2014 mock draft imaginable in the past three weeks. Mel Kiper Jr. placed the Louisville quarterback as the No. 2 overall player on his initial 25-man Big Board, behind South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, so it comes as little surprise Wednesday that Bridgewater is his top quarterback heading into the 2014 NFL draft.
Kiper Jr. touts Bridgewater's footwork, his ability to not rely on his athleticism, and his sixth sense in the pocket, which Kiper Jr. compares to Tom Brady's.
Bridgewater, an early 2013 Heisman Trophy candidate, comes in two spots above reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel on Kiper Jr.'s five-man list. Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Alabama's AJ McCarron complete the top 5.
Travis Haney looks at make-or-break scenarios for this crop of quarterbacks, but he does not include Bridgewater -- because he has fewer question marks than every other signal caller in this class.
Kiper Jr. also looks at the top cornerback prospects in this year's draft.