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2016 NFL DRAFT

Brandon Bridge, QB

School: South Alabama  |  Conference: BELT
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 229 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
19275-6

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.722.791.68- 339'2"4.377.18
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall, narrow body type with athletic footwork and long-striding speed to pick up yards with his legs. Elite-level arm strength and release quickness with the ability to add velocity and extra RPM's on his throws with ease. Not shy about testing tight windows and trusts his arm to make frozen rope throws and put the ball anywhere he wants on the field.

He has mobility to keep the play alive when the pocket breaks down, shaking off arm tackles and stepping up with his eyes downfield. Shows the ability to work through his reads and is a quick thinker to make snap decisions. Displayed outstanding toughness playing through an ankle injury most of November 2014.

WEAKNESSES: Bridge has improved field vision, but needs to develop his eye use and tends to stare down receivers, often leading defenders to his intended target. His receivers will struggle to handle his fastball at times and Bridge needs to develop a change-up and overall better touch to all levels. His mechanics and accuracy need refined, but neither needs an overhaul.

With only a dozen collegiate games under his belt, Bridge doesn't have the ideal experience and might need a season or two to develop before he's ready for consistent game reps, requiring a patient NFL team.

COMPARES TO: Colin Kaepernick, 49ers -- Bridge is tall and lean with a rocket launcher on his right shoulder like the 49ers quarterback and has more than enough velocity on his passes to toss ropes to all levels of the field.

--Dane Brugler (12/4/14)

Player Overview

South Alabama has never had a player taken in the NFL Draft, but between Bridge and tight end Wes Saxon, that should change in April.

A little-known recruit out of Canada, Bridge was recruited heavily by Buffalo before then-head coach Turner Gil left for Kansas in 2010. Bridge was planning on going to a Canadian school before an independant recruiter lined him up with Alcorn State. He transfered to South Alabama in 2012, and served as a reserve most of his career.

In 2013, he participated at the Manning Academy.

"It was kind of shocking. Heisman winners like Johnny Manziel were there. Guys like AJ McCarron who had great years," Bridge said of his experience at the passing camp. "I was from a little school so I was a little shell-shocked. Cameras were following them. I felt like a camper. But in 2014 I came in with the mindset that I didn't care what school I'm from, I'm going to go in and compete. I went in there and did a lot better than I did the year before."

Bridge earned the opportunity to start as a senior and appeared in 10 games, recording 51.9-percent completions, 1,648 passing yards, 6 interceptions and 17 total touchdowns (14 passing, 3 rushing).

Bridge had his best individual performance in the regular-season finale against Navy, finishing 19-for-28 (67.9-percent) for 172 passing yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

"He's as raw as he is talented," an AFC North scout told NFLDraftScout.com. "The ball shoots off his hand and he has some traits you cannot teach. I'm just not sure how naturally the game comes to him. How much better can he get? What is his football ceiling? I'm not sure. But he could end up being a bargain for a team that brings him along at his pace."

Bridge was invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles, and said he would definitely consider the CFL if he isn't selected in the NFL Draft.

"My arm strength is one of my biggest strengths," he said. "I need to work on my mechanics but I have the arm strength, the size and the speed. I can extend plays and keep it alive. I know how to make something out of nothing."

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02/19/2015 - 2015 NFL Combine: 5 takeaways from quarterback interviews...2. Bridge to somewhere: With his experience against top-notch talent in the Pac-12, Halliday doesn't have to answer level of competition questions. Growing up in Canada and playing at Alcorn State and South Alabama, the strong-armed Bridge does. He cited the wide fields and weather in Canada as reasons why his arm strength has developed. "I would definitely say that [the wide fields] did because every throw is pretty much a far throw," Bridge said. "If you want to throw a boundary hitch, that's pretty much like a field hitch on an NFL or NCAA field and the weather is always windy and stuff."

The 6-foot-4, 229 pound Bridge only started one season and his numbers (51.9% completion ratio, 14 TDs vs. six interceptions) were far from eye-popping over 10 games. His size, athleticism and plus arm has already drawn plenty of interest, however. Bridge said he's already met informally with Arizona, Philadelphia, the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets and San Diego Chargers. He also mentioned that he has a formal meeting tomorrow with Miami. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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