Sunday saw the first Louisville Cardinals in action at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. Today was QB’s, RB’s, and WR’s, which included Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Wide Receiver Damian Copeland. Bridgewater shocked some people when he announced yesterday that he would not throw at the combine, then shocked most when he decided today that he would not run either.
It is not uncommon for certain top draft picks to selectively bow out of certain parts of the combine. My thoughts were that a top draft pick that has been sliding down the draft boards needs to put out a reminder of who should really be number 1 come draft day. However, what we got good scores in the the broad jump and the 20 yard shuttle and bad scores in the vertical jump and 3 cone drill. He did weight in at 214 lbs which was noticeably bulkier than when he was at Louisville and could be a reason why he chose not to run or throw. Hopefully that will change at the Cardinals Pro Day.
Damian Copeland, on the other hand, participated in every event that they would let him do and after Sunday you can bet a few more scouts know who honey mustard is. Copeland finished 1st or 2nd among all wide receivers in the vertical jump, 3 cone drill, 20 yard shuttle, and the 60 yard shuttle. He also had an official 4.50 in the 40 yard dash.
Monday we will see Preston Brown and Marcus Smith take the field, followed by Calvin Pryor on Tuesday. All workouts can be seen on the NFL Network or steamed online at NFL.com