Scouts flock to Louisville for Thursday night game

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The NFL does business on Thursday nights; this week, the Bears host the Giants.  But plenty of NFL types will be paying attention to another game instead.

According to Rick Bozich of WDRB in Louisville, 26 scouts will be at Papa John’s Stadium to watch Rutgers and Louisville play. The main attraction?  Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

The scouts, representing 20 different teams, include Jaguars G.M. Dave Caldwell and Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert, based on the credentials that have been issued for the game.

It doesn’t mean they’ll definitely be there, and it doesn’t mean they’ll be scouting Bridgewater.

OK, Caldwell definitely will be scouting Bridgewater.

The Steelers will at least need to evaluate Bridgewater because they may be in the unlikely position to pick him. The Steelers haven’t had a top-10 selection since 2000 (Plaxico Burress), and they haven’t chosen in the top five since the early 1970s.

25 responses to “Scouts flock to Louisville for Thursday night game

  1. Steelers take him and send Big Ben to Tampa Bay! Would love to have Big Ben, he is elite if he had talent around him, he has nothing but bums surrounding him. Antonio Brown is good but should never be a #1 nor a #2 in my mind, should work the slot mostly.

  2. i’d like to see bridgewater play another game or two versus an sec defense before mortgaging the future on him.

  3. Tampa and Jacksonville remind me of Charlie and Alan Harper waiting each other out in the bathroom to avoid paying the check. Eventually someone will cave, and Tampa will win a game and spoil it.

  4. “Steelers take him and send Big Ben to Tampa Bay”

    If Big Ben goes anywhere, it’ll be back to Arians in Arizona. That move wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  5. I’m sure they will be there.

    Louisville’s schedule this season is an absolute joke. Rutgers, of all teams, probably represents the best competition they will face all year outside their bowl game so they probably will want to see how he fares against them.

  6. As a steelers fan, I say send Big Ben to Houston for Shaub and a 2014 1st rounder. This will free up cap room and give us those all important draft picks. Of course this is easy for me to say since I’m not a real NFL GM.

  7. Wow! Hats off to Steelers. No top
    10 for 13 years and have been on top of their division and multiple Super Bowls. This Vikings fan is jelly.

  8. If I were the Steelers, I’d draft Bridgewater and trade Ben without even thinking twice about it. He’s well past his prime and falling fast. If you can get a first+ for him, you owe it to the future of the team to make the move. The fact of the matter is, Ben’s been hit way too often, and has not been performing at an elite level in a couple of seasons, which makes me think the hits are taking their toll. Sure, he may succeed wherever he goes. But that doesn’t make it the wrong move to trade him. The Steelers are in no position to succeed anytime soon. Scrap it up, start over. And this is coming from a Pittsburgher.

  9. Steelers will no doubt miss out on a No. 1 draft pick by either trading it away mid-season and/or struggling to beat a playoff team that has nothing to gain by winning. As if the Charlie Batch gloating was embarassing enough, you should read about how much fan chest thumping was going on when the Steelers finally beat the Browns last year on week 17, knowing they had nothing to gain but a drop in draft order. Sad.

  10. If I were the Steelers, I’d draft Bridgewater and trade Ben without even thinking twice about it. He’s well past his prime and falling fast. If you can get a first+ for him, you owe it to the future of the team to make the move. The fact of the matter is, Ben’s been hit way too often, and has not been performing at an elite level in a couple of seasons, which makes me think the hits are taking their toll. Sure, he may succeed wherever he goes. But that doesn’t make it the wrong move to trade him. The Steelers are in no position to succeed anytime soon. Scrap it up, start over. And this is coming from a Pittsburgher.

    Ben would never ever attract a first round pick. Maybe a 2nd or 3rd+4th. Steelers have not scrapped it up and started over in 45 years. They are not about to begin now. The problem is coaching and not the players. Replace Colbert, Tomlin, LeBeau, Haley and Buckner with Cowher (GM), Dungy or Gruden (HC), Horton or Lovie Smith (DC), Grimm (OLC) and plug in a young OC if not Gruden and this ship turns around fast.

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