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Teddy Bridgewater says he should've hit 80 percent of his passes

It turns out Teddy Bridgewater's biggest critic might be Teddy Bridgewater.


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Bridgewater led the nation in completion percentage in 2013 at 71.0 percent. But he told Louisville TV station WDRB "it probably should have been 80 or 85" percent.

Bridgewater is preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine and other pre-draft events at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and is working with former Heisman winner and NFL quarterback Chris Weinke.

As impressive as Bridgewater's completion percentage was this season, it was the lowest to lead the nation since 2009, when Texas' Colt McCoy hit on 70.6 percent of his tosses.

Three quarterbacks had better than a 71 percent completion rate in 2010, seven were better in 2011 -- including Russell Wilson (72.8), Robert Griffin III (72.4) and Andrew Luck (71.3). Two were better in 2012 -- including Geno Smith (71.2).

"When I'm tough on myself, I'm never satisfied," Bridgewater said. "I'm eager to just get better each and every day.

"Sometimes you do get too tough on yourself and you do think the impossible, but that's just the way I want to be. I want to think that I can do the impossible. I'm just going to continue to think that way. I'm just going to continue to think that way and motivate myself."

In the four most recent mock drafts on NFL.com, Bridgewater is forecast to have a relatively short wait before hearing his name called on May 8. His worst current mock draft position is No. 5 to the Oakland Raiders. His highest draft position in those mocks in No. 3 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, while two drafts peg him going to the Cleveland Browns at No. 4.

Bridgewater led Louisville to a 12-1 mark in 2013 and a 23-3 record in his final two seasons at the school. His weigh-in at the combine is eagerly anticipated; he has come under criticism for his lack of bulk. He was listed at 6-foot-3 and 196 pounds at Louisville.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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