2014 NFL Draft: Who to watch in week two of the bowl season (video)
NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Rob Rang joins CBSSports.com's Adam Aizer to discuss Teddy Bridgewater's monumental matchup with his hometown Miami Hurricanes and other prospects to watch in this week's bowl games.
The weather outside may be frightful for many during his holiday season but don't expect travel plans for NFL scouts to change with so many future stars performing in their final collegiate games. The second week of college bowl games features some of the top matchups of the year, including potential No. 1 pick Teddy Bridgewater and his Louisville Cardinals taking on the Miami Hurricanes in the Citrus Bowl on December 28.
Bridgewater, a Miami native, was shocked when he learned that the Hurricanes were going to Louisville's opponent.
"There was a huge 'wow' factor once I heard we would be playing the University of Miami," Bridgewater told reporters. "I'm from Miami and I grew up rooting for the Hurricanes, rooting for Florida State, rooting for the Florida Gators … all the Florida schools."
"To be playing against a hometown school, it's very shocking."
While Bridgewater has maintained that he hasn't decided whether Saturday's game will be his last at the collegiate level, scouts might be the ones shocked if the junior bypassed a chance to enter the NFL early.
While not at the level of Andrew Luck or Cam Newton, Bridgewater is projected as the No. 1 pick in our current mock drafts. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Bridgewater has demonstrated a degree of accuracy on intermediate and deep passes that has drawn comparisons to Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010.
Accuracy isn't the only area in which Bridgewater has earned comparisons to Bradford, however. While Bridgewater has proven durable over his collegiate career, his relatively slim build is a concern, just as it was with Bradford when he left Oklahoma and throughout his injury-riddled time in St. Louis.
As such, scouts want to see Bridgewater's toughness -- both phyical and mental -- against the Hurricanes.
Bridgewater is hardly the only NFL prospect to watch throughout this week's bowl games, however.
Also worth keeping an eye on will be how well North Carolina's breakout star Kareem Martin performs in the Belk Bowl against a highly productive Cincinnati offense. Martin has emerged as one of the country's most feared pass rushers but will his fantastic senior campaign continue after such a long layoff?
Further, BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy's ability to handle a Washington Huskies' offense that could be featuring underclassmen Bishop Sankey and Austin Seferian-Jenkins for the final time in the Fight Hunger Bowl December 27, should be entertaining.
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