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At the top of many mock drafts all season, Bridgewater has seemingly fallen out of the running to go No. 1 following a subpar pro day and could end up being the third quarterback selected after Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles. Bridgewater is generally considered the most polished of the three and certainly the most accurate, ranking second in the FBS this season in completion percentage (71.0) with only four interceptions - Manziel and Bortles combined for 22. Some feel those two have more upside, as Bridgewater doesn't possess overwhelming arm strength or leg speed. The Miami native, however, is the lone three-year starter of that trio and played in a pro-style offense, finishing third in Louisville history with 9,817 passing yards and 72 touchdown passes - a school-record 31 this season. After entering the fall as a Heisman Trophy favorite, Bridgewater didn't garner a vote partly because his numbers weren't overly gaudy despite mostly playing inferior American Athletic Conference teams compared to the league foes faced by Manziel or Jameis Winston - the last two Heisman winners. Plus, those signal-callers did plenty of damage on the ground whereas Bridgewater did not, though he does have decent mobility and is very good when it comes to throwing on the run and escapability. It's his intelligence and maturity, including areas like staying focused on his progressions despite pressure, that could make him an immediate starter in the NFL and have drawn comparisons to Russell Wilson. Bridgewater led Louisville to a 23-3 record over the past two years, capped by bowl wins over Florida and Miami. A hard-working team leader, Bridgewater is a bit undersized for the position - but not moreso than Wilson, and he was a third-round pick. Bridgewater could go within the top five, having displayed good touch and instincts as a collegian, and may be better suited for a short passing game as opposed to one which likes to look deep downfield.