Teddy Bridgewater visiting Patriots

The Patriots will host former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for a pre-draft visit on Wednesday, a league source confirmed.

Bridgewater, regarded as one of the top three prospects at the position, declared early for the draft after consecutive standout campaigns with the Cardinals program and three years as the starter.

NFL Network first reported the news.

Bridgewater is angling against both Central Florida's Blake Bortles and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel to be the first quarterback selected, and he'll have the chance to spend time with Manziel on Wednesday, as he too is visiting the Patriots, according to a league source.

Each NFL team is permitted to host 30 players on pre-draft visits, and the window of which to conduct those visits opened on Tuesday. The Patriots have their top two quarterbacks, led by Tom Brady, of course, under contract through 2017, but reserve Ryan Mallett is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

These visits serve as an opportunity for clubs to further familiarize themselves with prospects and spend time with them in and around their facility, often working in the classroom and studying game film.

While Bridgewater -- or any quarterback -- may not make sense for the Patriots with their first pick at No. 29, they could explore drafting a player later in the process as a potential heir apparent to Mallett as the reserve. Brady's current contract runs through the 2017 season and he continues to play at an elite level.

Bridgewater has been the topic of discussion as a candidate to be a high draft choice in the months leading up to May's proceedings, though an uneven recent pro day has raised some questions.

He threw for 72 touchdowns and nearly 10,000 yards during his college career.