The basic assumption with Teddy Bridgewater is that he'll finish up this season, leave Louisville, enter the 2014 NFL Draft, get taken by someone at the top of the draft and become a franchise quarterback.
Not so fast, my friends. John Middlekauf, a former scout for the Eagles, reported on Twitter that he's hearing Bridgewater "has contemplated returning" to Louisville for his senior season.
Multiple sources tell me Teddy Bridgewater has contemplated returning to school. No decision has been made at this point— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) December 13, 2013
"No decision" means just that, obviously. Bridgewater could end up leaving school. And he could end up staying (yes, my powers of deduction are strong; why do you ask?).
But the point here is that Teddy Ballgame rolling out of college isn't a sure thing. We just always assumed it was, because who passes up tons of money and a shot at being a high draft pick for a chance to come back to campus and achieve glory at the college level?
Well, Oregon's Marcus Mariota for one. Bridgewater could be another, especially if he believes that another year at the college level would enhance his ability to step in and succeed at the NFL level.
It's not a guarantee either way obviously, and maybe it's not something. But it's definitely not nothing either.
Bridgewater coming back to college for another year would throw a monster wrench in the 2014 NFL Draft.