The University of Louisville football program completed a record-breaking day when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater became the third first-round selection when the Minnesota Vikings selected him with the final pick of the first round of the NFL Draft, held Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The Vikings traded with Seattle on the final pick of the first day of the draft to give the Cardinals a record three first-round selections. Safety Calvin Pryor went to the New York Jets with the 18th overall pick and defensive end Marcus Smith went No. 26 to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“It was a long night, but I’m extremely happy to be selected by the Vikings,” Bridgewater said after being drafted on Thursday night. “I feel Minnesota fits my style perfectly and wouldn’t mind handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson. I’m very thankful and blessed.”
Bridgewater was one of the top quarterbacks in the country, throwing for 3,970 yards and a school-record 31 touchdowns. The Miami, Fla., native, who was a second team all-conference performer, completed a nation's-best 71.0 percent of his passes and only tossed four interceptions.
He opened the season by throwing for 355 yards and five touchdowns in a win over Ohio and added 397 yards and four scores in a victory over Eastern Kentucky.
In 2012, Bridgewater was named the MVP of the Sugar Bowl in Louisville’s win over fourth-ranked Florida. He passed for 3,718 yards and 27 touchdowns in being named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and earned All-American accolades.
In the final game of his career, Bridgewater threw for a career-high 447 yards and three touchdowns in the 36-9 Russell Athletic Bowl win over Miami. He was named the game's Most Valuable Player after completing 35-of-45 passes and also rushing for a score.
For his career, Bridgewater threw for 9,817 yards, third most in school history and also passed for 72 career touchdowns, which was also third in school history. He became the first quarterback in school history to be selected in the first round and is the highest selected quarterback since Browning Nagle was drafted No. 34 by the New York Jets in 1991.